Drones strike Russian region of Belgorod

'There are no civilian deaths to date'

AP05_23_2023_000010B A Ukrainian soldier fires an RPG toward Russian positions at the frontline near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, Monday, May 22, 2023 | AP

Belgorod Governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov on Telegram, urged Grayvoron residents not to return to their homes – “It is not work it yet”, he wrote. 

“There are no civilian deaths to date. All necessary actions on the part of law enforcement agencies are being carried out. We are waiting for the completion of the counter-terrorist operation that was announced yesterday,” he added. 

His message comes after the region in southwestern Russia was hit by drone attacks overnight. Explosive devices were dropped from drones onto an administrative building and a house. No one claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

On Monday, Ukraine claimed that they now controlled only a small part of Bakhmut and said the battle wasn't over yet. The Freedom of Russia Legion, an anti-Kremlin militia and the Russian Volunteer Corps (RVC) said it had crossed the border and overrun the settlement of Kozinka while sending units into the town of Grayvoron in Russia’s Belgorod region, Guardian reported. It isn't known whether the RVC has ties to the Ukrainian military.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, said on Twitter that Ukraine had “nothing to do with it” (Belogrod attack) and suggested that an “armed guerrilla movement” had emerged to oppose “a totalitarian country”.

Ukraine’s general staff, in the meantime, has said, Russia struck three regions of Ukraine yesterday with missiles. It wrote: Russia carried out 20 missile strikes against Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kharkiv oblasts, using cruise missiles, Iskander-M ballistic missiles, and S-300 anti-aircraft missiles over the past day.

Russia reportedly also launched 48 Shahed drones targeting both civilian and military targets with up to 90 strikes using multiple-launch rocket systems.

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