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Fatal Ukrainian Missile Strike Hits Russian Border City of Belgorod


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Two individuals lost their lives and three others were wounded in a Ukrainian missile strike on the Russian border city of Belgorod, as reported by the regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov on Saturday. The attack, carried out using missiles from a Vampire rocket launcher system, caused significant damage to vehicles and buildings in Belgorod and nearby villages. Disturbing footage captured fires raging and air raid sirens blaring in the deserted streets of Belgorod.

Belgorod, situated on the border with Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, has been a frequent target of attacks by Kyiv’s forces since 2022. Notably, in December, the city suffered a devastating missile strike that claimed the lives of 25 individuals. The recent strike also resulted in injuries, with five people, including a child, wounded in a drone attack on a car near the Ukrainian border earlier on the same day.

President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of attempting to disrupt the ongoing presidential election, which spans three days and is expected to secure him another six years in power. The timing of the attack, amidst the voting period, adds a layer of complexity to the already tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

As the conflict continues to escalate, the toll on civilians and infrastructure in border regions like Belgorod underscores the urgent need for diplomatic solutions to prevent further loss of life and destruction.

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