Explosions echo in Belgorod
Islam News – Several strikes hit the Russian region of Belgorod just across the border from Ukraine yesterday, wounding at least three people. It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts, and Ukrainian officials did not comment.
The explosions appeared to be part of an uptick in attacks on Belgorod — an important staging ground for Russia’s invasion — which have undermined Putin’s efforts to distance the Russian people from the war. Local officials have evacuated towns and villages that have come under shelling. Sunday was the fourth successive day that strikes have been reported in the area.
On Saturday, two men opened fire on Russian soldiers at a training camp in the region, killing 11 and wounding 15, before being killed themselves, according to state-run news outlets. It was not immediately clear if the attackers were volunteer soldiers themselves involved in the training.
Several attacks in recent days have targeted Russian-held areas far from the front lines, including in the occupied city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, where explosions hit an administrative building on Sunday.
The Russian media has reported at least seven deaths among people who were recently drafted. President Vladimir Putin said that in some cases training could take just 10 days.
Source: The New York Times