According to the Governor of the region bordering Ukraine and Belgorod, at least three people were killed and four others were injured by a series of strong explosions in the Russian city. Telegram: Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov stated that the explosions occurred on Sunday, July 3, and that 11 residential buildings were destroyed and that 39 houses were also damaged.
He said that "the circumstances of the incident were being established", and added that the anti-aircraft defences had been activated. He didn't explicitly accuse Ukraine for carrying out strikes.
According to the governor, he quickly reached the five streets that were affected by the explosions. They were located in the north part of Belgorod, close to the city's center. The governor stated that two people were injured, a boy and a girl, were taken to hospital, while the other two were treated immediately.
Russia has accused Ukrainian forces of attacking Russian soil in Belgorod, especially since the February 24th Kremlin offensive against Ukraine. Early April saw Governor Gladkov accuse Ukraine of attacking a Belgorod fuel depot with two helicopters.
Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian president, also stated Saturday that his army had destroyed missiles from Ukraine that were being fired into Belarus. He said that his country would "respond," if it was attacked. "We are being provoked. "We are provoked." He said that all missiles from Ukraine were stopped by our Pantsir antiaircraft systems.
"I repeat to You, as I stated more than a Year Ago, we do not intend to fight in Ukraine," he said during a ceremony on the eve Belarus Independence Day. "We will only fight in one situation, if... you enter our land, and if your people are killed, then we will reply."
The Russian ally Belarus has been a backbone for Russian forces since the Kremlin's attack on Ukraine on February 24. Russian troops had set out from this country to capture the capital Kiev, but were forced to abandon their efforts at the end March by the Ukrainian resistance.
Under heavy Western sanctions, the regime of Alexander Lukashenko is heavily dependent on Russia both militarily and economically. Russian President Vladimir Putin declared last week that Moscow would supply Iskander M missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to Belarus.