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Explosions in Russian Belgorod: Downed drones reported

Explosions in Russian Belgorod: Downed drones reported Photo: Explosions in Belgorod, Russia (GettyImages)

In the Russian city of Belgorod, local residents heard explosions. Authorities report downed drones, according to the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, and the Russian Ministry of Defense.

According to the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, drones flew over the city. At least 7 UAVs were reportedly shot down.

"Our air defense system worked over Belgorod and the Belgorod region. According to preliminary data, there are no casualties. In the Belgorod region, there is damage in the residential sector – windows in a residential building were damaged, the roof, and there was a fire in an outbuilding. Firefighters and emergency services have been dispatched to the scene. The extent of the damage is being clarified," wrote the governor.

In turn, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported the destruction of four purported Ukrainian drones.

"With the help of air defense systems, seven missiles and four Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed over the Belgorod region," stated the Ministry of Defense.

Russian Telegram channels are publishing videos of explosions in the region.

Explosions in Belgorod

The Belgorod region is located on the border with Kharkiv, with an air distance of 70 km between the cities. Russian forces often launch missile attacks from there towards the Ukrainian city. Ukrainian Armed Forces also respond with missile and drone strikes on Russian positions.

Recently, Russians claimed a drone attack on Belgorod, stating that they managed to shoot it down with their air defense system.

Explosions were also reported in Belgorod on the evening of January 8. The governor of the region, Gladkov, declared a missile threat in the city and urged residents to stay away from windows.

On December 30, Belgorod witnessed a strike in its city center. Russians claimed alleged casualties in this incident.