Huge explosions rock Russian towns near Ukraine border in fiery counterattacks – Reuters

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A massive fire can be seen lighting up the night sky in Russia, near the border with Ukraine, after reports of a series of explosions in several regions

Huge explosions reportedly hit Russian towns on the border with Ukraine

Massive flames and plumes of smoke lit up the night sky with a series of huge explosions reported in various Russian regions near the Ukrainian border in the early hours of Wednesday.

Explosions were heard in the city of Belgorod, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said, and an ammunition depot in the province was on fire.

Gladkov said no civilians were injured in the fire that broke out at a facility near the village of Staraya Nelidovka.

He said on Telegram: “At around 3.35am I woke up to a loud bang which sounded like an explosion. As I was writing this message three more explosions were heard.

“According to preliminary information, an ammunition depot is on fire near the village of Staraya Nelidovka.”







An ammunition depot appears to have been hit and burned near the village of Staraya Nelidovka
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This month, Russia accused Ukraine of attacking a fuel depot in Belgorod with helicopters and opening fire on several villages in the province.

Belgorod province borders the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Sumy and Kharkiv, all of which have seen heavy fighting since Russia invaded Ukraine two months ago.

Suspected attacks from a more assertive Ukraine were also seen in the Voronezh and Kursk regions.

Roman Starovoyt, governor of Russia’s Kursk province, which also borders Ukraine, said explosions were heard in the city of Kursk early Wednesday that were most likely the sound of gunfire from air defense systems.

In Kursk, unconfirmed reports indicate that Russian air defenses shot down Ukrainian military drones.







Russia has accused Ukraine of attacking towns near the border in recent weeks
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Explosions were heard in towns off Kursk and in Oboyan where residents said they heard military planes flying overhead.

In the Voronezh region, Russian air defenses were reportedly active to repel an attack on the strategic military air base in Baltimore.

It comes as the UK has backed Ukraine if it wants to attack targets on Russian soil.

Defense Minister James Heappey said it was “completely legitimate” for Kyiv forces to use Western-supplied weapons to launch strikes across the border.

A large fire broke out in the early hours of April 25 at an oil storage facility in the city of Bryansk, 100 miles in Russia over the Ukrainian border.







Gladkov said no civilians were injured by the ammunition depot fire
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Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the risk of a third world war was “considerable”, saying according to his ministry: “I would not want to artificially increase these risks. Many would like that. The danger is serious, real. And we should not underestimate it.

“NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy. War means war.”

Mr Heappey told the BBC the claim was “nonsense and Lavrov knows it” because the weapons were donated directly by Western countries and not by NATO itself.

The United Kingdom announced on Monday that it would send Stormer armored vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft rocket launchers to Ukraine.

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