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Attacks in the Russian city / Moscow accuses Ukraine of using ballistic missiles, what does Kiev say

Attacks in the Russian city / Moscow accuses Ukraine of using ballistic

Today there were explosions in Belgorod, a Russian city 40 km from the border with northern Ukraine. There are conflicting claims from Russia and Ukraine.

A Russian defense ministry spokesman said air defenses had destroyed three Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missiles with cluster warheads, but fragments of one had fallen on an apartment block.

"This missile attack was planned and launched deliberately against the civilian population," spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

He also said Russia had shot down two armed Ukrainian drones approaching Kursk, also in southern Russia.

Earlier Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said the attack in Belgorod had killed at least three people.

The Ukrainian defense ministry denied the Russian claim. Spokesman Yuriy Sak told the BBC that "our security service has repeatedly intercepted phone calls between Russian servicemen, which proves that sometimes, more often, these kinds of activities are... provocations from the Russian side."

Another Ukrainian official, Serhiy Bratchuk, said the missile debris embedded in a damaged apartment block in Belgorod came from a Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft system, which Ukraine does not have.

In early April, Russia said two Ukrainian helicopters had attacked a civilian oil storage depot on the outskirts of Belgorod, causing a fuel blaze. The video appears to show missiles hitting the object. The Ukrainian military denied it was involved.

 

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