Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of Belgorod, located 40 kilometers north of the border with Ukraine and 80 kilometers from Kharkov, assured that two helicopters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces bombed an oil depot in that city of Russia during the early hours of this Friday.
“The fire at the oil depot it occurred as a result of an airstrike by two helicopters of the Ukrainian armed forces, which entered the territory of Russia at low altitude. There are no fatalities“He reported via Telegram.
In that same message, he indicated that “all resources are available to extinguish the fire” and that “the Ministry of Emergency Situations is trying to locate the fire as soon as possible.”
Finally, he maintained that “the population is not in danger.” In any case, the residents of the area were evacuated, while firefighters and authorities work in the area.
For its part, the Russian state agency RUA Novosti specified that the flames affected eight fuel tanks that have a capacity of 2,000 cubic meters each.
If the accusation is confirmed, it will be the First time Ukraine has carried out an attack on Russian territory since it was invaded on February 24.
Russia claims Ukrainian helicopters bombed Belgorod oil depot
Dozens of videos began to circulate on social networks where the flames in the fuel tank can be seen, as well as others that would correspond to the moment of the attack by the Ukrainian helicopters.
Distance between Belgorod, in Russia, and Kharkov, the second largest city in Ukraine.
Days ago, another explosion rocked Belgorod. According to local media reports, a Ukrainian Tochka-U missile would have caused the fire in an arms depot, although Ukraine did not claim responsibility for the attack.
News in development.