Ukraine launched 12 missiles and several drones in the early hours of Wednesday (Jan 3) on Russia’s southern region of Belgorod, Russia’s defence minister and local authorities said.
Regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said the situation “continues to remain tense” in Belgorod, where Russia says 25 civilians including five children were killed in Ukrainian attacks on Saturday.
There was no news of any casualties from the latest attacks. Gladkov said the amount of damage would be assessed throughout the day.
Ukraine’s escalation of attacks on Belgorod over the New Year time has come as Russia launched some of its most intense strikes on Ukraine since the war began almost two years ago. Kyiv said on Tuesday that Russia had fired well over 300 attack drones and missiles of various kinds at cities across Ukraine since Friday.
Belgorod, like other Russian regions on the border with Ukraine, has seen regular low-level attacks since the start of the war, but Saturday’s was by far the deadliest. President Vladimir Putin said it would “not go unpunished”.
One person was killed and seven more wounded in the region on Tuesday, Russian police said.
In Wednesday’s strikes, Russia’s defence ministry said Ukraine fired six Tochka-U ballistic missiles and six guided missiles launched from a Vilkha heavy multiple rocket launcher.
Gladkov said Ukraine also launched several drones on the region and the city of Belgorod, which is the governing centre of the region.