Attack on Belgorod
|Attack on Belgorod|
|Part of the spillover of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine|
|Ukraine (not confirmed, denied by Ukraine)||Russia|
|Ukrainian Army Aviation (not confirmed, denied by Ukraine)||Russian Armed Forces|
|2 Mi-24 Helicopters||Unknown|
|Casualties and losses|
|None||8 injured (29 March attack, per Russia)|
On 29 March 2022, local officials reported a series of explosions outside the Russian city of Belgorod, close to the border with Ukraine. It was later reported that those explosions may have been caused by a fire. On 7 April, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation claimed that the explosions were the result of a Ukrainian attack that used three Tochka-U tactical ballistic missiles. Eight people were injured and 21 vehicles were destroyed.
On 1 April, according to Russian Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov and an unnamed US official, two Ukrainian Mi-24 Helicopters attacked and set fire to a fuel depot in Belgorod, Russia in a low-altitude airstrike with no reported casualties. Ukraine neither confirmed nor denied accountability as of 3 p.m., April 1, UTC time. This is the first alleged Ukrainian airstrike in Russian territory since the beginning of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian security official Oleksiy Danilov denied Ukraine was behind the helicopter attack with a joke in which he blamed the "People's Republic of Belgorod" instead.
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