According to Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry, 14 individuals, including two children, were killed and 108 others were injured on Saturday in the shelling that occurred in the heart of Belgorod, a city located on the Russian border.
Russian authorities alleged that Kyiv was responsible for the attack, which occurred the day after a 18-hour bombing campaign in Ukraine resulted in the deaths of at least 39 innocent individuals.
Social media posts featuring Belgorod showed cars on fire and thick dark smoke rising from damaged buildings. Air raid sirens were heard as a result of the strike. One of the attacks occurred near a public ice rink in the central area of the city, which is located 25 miles (40km) north of Ukraine’s border and 415 miles (670km) south of Moscow. Previous strikes have targeted Belgorod, but they have typically occurred at night and resulted in fewer casualties. In a post on social media on Saturday, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov stated that this strike caused the most severe damage the city has experienced since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago.
Russian officials have accused Kyiv of launching attacks using drones since May. Ukrainian officials have not accepted responsibility for these attacks on Russian territory or the Crimean Peninsula. However, previous large-scale airstrikes against Russia have been in retaliation for heavy assaults on Ukrainian cities.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces’ General Staff announced that on Saturday, there were ongoing Russian drone attacks against Ukraine. They reported that 10 Shahed drones, manufactured in Iran, were taken down in the Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, and Mykolaiv areas.
According to local authorities, three individuals were fatally struck by missiles launched by Russia: a 55-year-old male in the Kherson region, a 43-year-old male in Stepnohirsk (a town in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region), and a 32-year-old in the Chernihiv region.
The military in Moscow fired 122 missiles and also deployed several drones.
Throughout Ukraine, there was a large-scale attack that has been described by an air force official as the most extensive aerial bombardment of the conflict.
In addition to the fatalities of 39 individuals, there were also at least 160 injuries and an unspecified number of people were trapped under debris in the attack. The incident resulted in damage to a maternity hospital, residential buildings, and educational facilities.
Officials and experts from the Western world have recently cautioned that Russia has been deliberately restricting its use of cruise missiles in order to accumulate a larger stockpile for a potentially devastating attack during the winter season. This strategy is believed to be aimed at weakening the resolve of Ukrainian forces.
The ongoing battle on the front has been greatly hindered by the harsh winter conditions, following the unsuccessful summer counterattack by Ukraine to gain ground along the approximately 1,000-kilometer line of contact.
The ongoing airstrikes by Russia have raised alarm for the neighboring countries of Ukraine.
On Friday, Poland’s military announced that an unidentified object entered their airspace and disappeared from radar, with evidence suggesting it was a Russian missile.
According to Russian charge d’affaires in Poland, Andrei Ordash, Moscow will refrain from addressing the incident until the Kremlin receives proof of an airspace violation from Warsaw. This statement was made in an interview with Russian state news agency RIA Novosti on Saturday.
He stated that we will not provide any clarifications unless we are given solid proof, as the allegations are unsupported.