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(Reuters) -Ukraine launched repeated missile and drone assaults on Wednesday on Russia’s southern area of Belgorod, Russia’s defence ministry and native authorities mentioned.
Regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov mentioned the scenario “continues to stay tense” in Belgorod, the place Russia says 25 civilians together with 5 kids had been killed in Ukrainian assaults on Saturday.
There was no phrase of any casualties from the most recent assaults.
Later, Gladkov mentioned authorities had been evacuating residents close to doubtlessly unexploded munitions, with sappers referred to as in to guage the hazard.
Defence ministry explosive technicians had been engaged on disposing of an unexploded projectile and round 600 residents from 323 homes inside a 500-metre radius had been evacuated, Gladkov mentioned.
A number of different villages got here beneath hearth on Wednesday and an influence line was knocked out, he mentioned.
Ukraine’s escalation of assaults on Belgorod over the New Yr interval has come as Russia launched a few of its most intense strikes on Ukraine because the warfare started nearly two years in the past. Kyiv mentioned on Tuesday that Russia had launched effectively over 300 assault drones and missiles of assorted varieties at cities throughout Ukraine since Friday.
Belgorod, like different Russian areas on the border with Ukraine, has seen frequent low-level assaults because the begin of the warfare, however Saturday’s was by far the deadliest. President Vladimir Putin mentioned it could “not go unpunished”.
One particular person was killed and 7 extra wounded within the area on Tuesday, Russian authorities mentioned.
In Wednesday’s assaults, Russia’s defence ministry mentioned Ukraine fired six Tochka-U ballistic missiles and 6 guided missiles launched from a Vilkha heavy a number of rocket launcher.
Gladkov mentioned Ukraine additionally launched a number of drones on the area and the town of Belgorod, which is the executive centre of the area.
Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the reviews. There was no rapid remark from Ukraine.