Ukrainian helicopters enter Russian airspace, attack fuel depot

Videos circulating online show a massive fire at a fuel storage depot in Belgorod, Russia.

new Delhi:

Ukraine attacked a fuel storage depot in western Russia earlier this week, the first airstrikes reported by Kyiv on Russian soil. The video showed helicopters firing multiple missiles at a fuel storage depot in Belgorod, Russia, followed by an explosion.

The strike by Mi-24 helicopters, the first time Russia has reported a Ukrainian air strike on its territory since the conflict began.

Security camera footage of the depot showed a flash of visible light as a missile fired from low altitude in the sky, followed by an explosion on the ground.

Belgorod region governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on the messaging app Telegram: “An air strike by two Ukrainian military helicopters caused a fire at a petrol depot, which entered Russian territory at a low altitude.”

He said two workers of the storage facility were injured in the fire.

Ukraine said it could neither confirm nor deny responsibility for the massive fire at a fuel depot in Belgorod.

Belgorod is located about 80 kilometers from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, which has been crushed by Russian forces since Moscow sent troops to Ukraine on February 24. The city has served as a logistics center for Russian troops fighting in nearby eastern Ukraine.

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