Ukraine Strikes Belgorod, Russia: 24 Houses Damaged, 1 Injured

Ukraine's air attack on Belgorod damaged 24 houses, a power line, and injured one woman. Russia's air defense systems destroyed 25 missiles launched by Ukraine, amid escalating conflict and humanitarian concerns.

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Ukraine Strikes Belgorod, Russia: 24 Houses Damaged, 1 Injured

Ukraine Strikes Belgorod, Russia: 24 Houses Damaged, 1 Injured

On Tuesday, Russian officials reported that Ukraine's latest air attack on the city of Belgorod damaged 24 houses and a power line, leaving one woman injured with a shrapnel wound to her spine. According to Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of the southern Russian Belgorod region which borders Ukraine, the attack resulted in significant damage to residential areas.

Why this matters: The escalating conflict between Ukraine and Russia has devastating humanitarian consequences, with civilians caught in the crossfire and infrastructure destroyed. The ongoing violence also has significant implications for global security and stability, as the international community struggles to find a peaceful resolution.

Russia's air defense systems successfully destroyed 25 missiles launched by Ukraine from the RM-70 Vampire (MLRS) multiple launch rocket systems, the Russian defense ministry reported on Telegram. This attack is the latest in a series of strikes on Belgorod, with Ukraine's attacks intensifying in recent months.

On Sunday, an apartment block in Belgorod collapsed after being struck by falling missile debris, killing 15 people and injuring scores, according to Russian officials. The conflict between Ukraine and Russia began in February 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine, which Moscow has called a "special military operation." The war has resulted in thousands of deaths, millions of displaced people, and widespread destruction of Ukrainian cities.

Both Ukraine and Russia claim they do not target civilians, but Ukraine argues that targeting Russia's military, transport, and energy infrastructure undermines Moscow's war effort and is a response to Russia's deadly attacks. Over the weekend of May 12-13, Ukrainian shelling and drone attacks on Belgorod and the Belgorod district resulted in significant damages, affecting 124 houses, 104 cars, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, and public facilities across multiple villages.

On Monday, Russia claimed that it downed 16 missiles and 31 drones amid an overnight airstrike launched by Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the country's air defenses downed 12 missiles and 12 drones over the Belgorod region, 8 drones over the Kursk region, 4 missiles and 7 drones over the Crimean Peninsula, and 4 drones over the Lipetsk region. Ukrainian authorities have not yet commented on these claims.

The escalating attacks on Belgorod highlight the ongoing intensity of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. As both sides continue to engage in strikes and counterstrikes, the human toll and material damage continue to mount. The international community remains concerned about the impact on civilians caught in the crossfire of this devastating war.

Key Takeaways

  • Ukraine's air attack on Belgorod damages 24 houses, injures 1 woman.
  • Russia's air defense systems destroy 25 Ukrainian missiles.
  • Recent attacks on Belgorod kill 15, injure scores, and damage infrastructure.
  • Both sides claim not to target civilians, but attacks continue to escalate.
  • International community concerned about humanitarian consequences.