Ukrainian Missile Strike Kills 7, Injures 15 in Belgorod, Russia

A Ukrainian missile strike hit a 10-story apartment block in Belgorod, Russia, killing at least 7 people and injuring 15 others. The attack caused a section of the building to collapse, with footage showing extensive damage.

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Ukrainian Missile Strike Kills 7, Injures 15 in Belgorod, Russia

Ukrainian Missile Strike Kills 7, Injures 15 in Belgorod, Russia

On Sunday, May 12, 2024, a devastating Ukrainian missile strike hit a 10-story apartment block in Belgorod, Russia, near the border with Ukraine, causing a section of the building to collapse. The attack has claimed the lives of at least 7 people and injured 15 others, according to Russian officials.

Why this matters: The escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine has severe humanitarian consequences, with civilians caught in the crossfire and suffering heavy losses. The attack on Belgorod highlights the need for a diplomatic solution to prevent further bloodshed and instability in the region.

Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the Belgorod region, stated, "The city of Belgorod and the Belgorod region were subjected to massive shelling by the armed forces of Ukraine." Footage from the scene showed the extent of the damage, with at least 10 stories of the building collapsing. Gladkov further reported, "As the result of a direct hit by a shell into an apartment building, the entire entrance from the tenth to the first floor collapsed."

Witnesses at the scene described the devastating aftermath of the attack. One witness reported seeing many ambulances and fire engines, with firefighters sorting through the rubble. "A whole section of a 10-story building collapsed. I see several victims. Firefighters are sorting through the rubble," the witness recounted.

The Russian defense ministry claimed that its air defense forces had destroyed two Soviet-era conventional ballistic missiles launched overnight by Ukrainian forces over the Belgorod region. However, Ukraine has not commented on the incident, and Reuters was unable to immediately verify battlefield accounts from either side.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine began in 2014, with Russian-backed separatist forces fighting Ukraine's armed forces. The situation escalated in February 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine. Between 2014 and the end of 2021, about 14,000 people were killed in the conflict, including 3,106 civilians. The Belgorod region has come under repeated attack from Ukraine by drones, artillery, and Ukrainian proxies.

Russian forces recently opened a new front in Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region, which neighbors Russia's Belgorod region. In March, President Vladimir Putin suggested that Moscow could try to establish a buffer zone inside Ukrainian territory due to the attacks on Belgorod.

The deadly missile strike in Belgorod has resulted in the loss of at least 7 lives and injured 15 others, with the apartment building suffering extensive damage. As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, the attack serves as a stark reminder of the devastating impact on civilian lives caught in the crossfire.

Key Takeaways:

  • Seven killed, 15 injured in Belgorod as apartment block collapses post-missile strike.
  • Footage shows extensive damage, with at least 10 stories collapsing.
  • Belgorod hit by "massive shelling" from Ukrainian armed forces, governor confirms.
  • Uncertainty surrounds the type of weapons used and their origin.
  • Witnesses describe scene of chaos with ambulances and firefighters amid rubble.