On the opposite side of the border of Kharkiv, Ukraine, in the Russian province of Belgorod, the governor reported on Monday that there was at least one person hurt by falling debris following three missiles being shot down close to the town of Novy Oskol.
The only known injury, according to governor Vyacheslav Gladkov, was “a man with shrapnel injuries to his hand.” He added that some electrical lines close to Novy Oskol were damaged by the debris.
“In Novy Oskol, our air defenses had been triggered. There were three missiles shot down. On-the-ground repercussions are being described. All rescue and emergency services have arrived on the scene,” according to Gladkov.
Reuters pointed out that Gladkov did not specifically attribute the missile launches to the Ukrainian military, but he has in the past charged the Ukrainians with carrying out such attacks. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, hardly ever formally claim responsibility for any of the attacks on Russian territory.
The Schetinovka settlement in Belgorod reported artillery fire destroyed a barn and a few electrical lines the day prior to when missiles were intercepted.
At a pipeline substation in Razumnoye, Belgorod, a bomb-laden unmanned air vehicle (UAV) is said to have collided with an empty fuel tank on Saturday. Four workers had to leave the substation after the drone burst a one-square-meter hole in the tank, but no injuries were recorded.
Gladkov asserted in February that following a series of explosions in the region, debris from three weaponized UAVs was discovered close to the regional capital, also known as Belgorod. One witness claimed to have seen a drone fly through an apartment window before exploding.
Residents of Belgorod who believed the Russian government wasn’t doing enough to shield them from the fighting raging on the other side of the border were interviewed by the BBC in February. Despite this, the people claimed to embrace Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine wholeheartedly by placing nationalist billboards across their neighborhoods and consuming Moscow’s war propaganda.
“Ukraine is a puppet of the West, and the West has long desired the annihilation of Russia. Hitler wished to seize our land. Does anyone not? We have such a big country,” a law student told the BBC, reiterating the popular propaganda claim that Ukraine is essentially a Nazi Germany revival.
“This war was not sparked by Russia. You can get the shirt off a Russian man’s back. Ukraine was not attacked by Russia.” A woman who oversaw a church choir in Belgorod shouted, “Russians are peace-loving and compassionate.”