President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky refused to confirm whether or not the Ukrainian Armed Forces had launched the attack that caused an explosion at an oil depot in the Russian city of Belgorod, in an interview with Fox News on April 1.
“I’m sorry, I do not discuss any of my orders as commander in chief,” Zelensky said, replying to a question about if Ukraine’s military did indeed attack a target on Russian soil.
The President noted that there are things that he shares only with Ukrainian military personnel.
“What matters for us is that you and the whole world should know that we are a country at war,” he emphasized.
“We were attacked. That is what matters. That is the biggest tragedy. And today, to hear those reports about something happening some place something exploded while there is war in Ukraine – honestly, it’s not professional to talk about it. They occupied our territory. They attacked us. This war [has been] going on for 8 years, so whatever happens in a certain situation. It’s hard for me to comment.”
On the morning of April 1, a fire broke out at an oil depot in the Russian city of Belgorod, located 70 km from Kharkiv and 40 km from the border with Ukraine. There were no casualties as a result of the fire, but lines around gas stations sprung up around the city.
The governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said that the cause of the fire was allegedly an air strike by the Ukrainian military from helicopters.
The Ukrainian government has refused to confirm or deny that they were responsible.
Earlier, on March 9, the Russian Ministry of Defence claimed that it had reduced Ukraine’s air capabilities by 90%.