Attack on Belgorod

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Attack on Belgorod
Part of the spillover of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Date29 March – 1 April 2022
(3 days)
Location50°35′29.8″N 36°40′13.1″E / 50.591611°N 36.670306°E / 50.591611; 36.670306Coordinates: 50°35′29.8″N 36°40′13.1″E / 50.591611°N 36.670306°E / 50.591611; 36.670306
Result Fuel facilities destroyed and damaged
 Ukraine (not confirmed, denied by Ukraine)  Russia
Units involved
БЕ заг АВІА (2016).png 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)
Belgorod is located in Belgorod Oblast
Location within Belgorod Oblast

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3][4][5] Ukraine neither confirmed nor denied accountability as of 3 p.m., April 1, UTC time.[6] This is the first alleged Ukrainian airstrike in Russian territory since the beginning of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[7] Ukrainian security official Oleksiy Danilov denied Ukraine was behind the helicopter attack[8][9] with a joke in which he blamed the "People's Republic of Belgorod" instead.[10][11][12]

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  1. ^ Sangal, Aditi; Vogt, Adrienne; Wagner, Meg; Macaya, Melissa; Chowdhury, Maureen; Caldwell, Travis; Federico O'Murchú, Seán; Kolirin, Lianne; Noor Haq, Sana (2022-03-30). "Explosions in Russia's Belgorod region may be due to fire, says governor". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 2022-04-01.
  2. ^ Возбуждено уголовное дело по факту обстрела ВСУ территории Белгородской области [A criminal case was opened on the fact of shelling of the territory of the Belgorod region by the Armed Forces of Ukraine] (in Russian). 2022-04-07. Archived from the original on 7 April 2022. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  3. ^ "Ukraine attacks Russian oil depot as Mariupol awaits evacuations and Putin's troops abandon Chernobyl". CBS News. 1 April 2022. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Russia alleges Ukrainian helicopters struck Belgorod fuel depot". Al Jazeera. 1 April 2022. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  5. ^ Axe, David. "Ukrainian Attack Helicopters Just Slipped Into Russia And Blew Up A Fuel Depot". Forbes. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Simone; Caldwell, Travis; Regan, Helen (2022-04-01). "Fire breaks out at a Russian fuel depot near Ukrainian border". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 2022-04-01.
  7. ^ Cole, Brendan (1 April 2022). "Ukraine's Military Helicopters Strike Inside Russia—Local Official". Newsweek. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Ukraine's top security official says Ukraine was not behind helicopter attack on Russian oil depot - Reuters". BNO News. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  9. ^ AP. "Ukraine denies it hit Russian oil storage facility". Retrieved 2022-04-01.
  10. ^ ""Бєлгородська народна республіка": тролінг Данілова про пожежу на нафтобазі в росії". Інформаційне агентство Українські Національні Новини (УНН). Всі онлайн новини дня в Україні за сьогодні - найсвіжіші, останні, головні. (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  11. ^ ""Бєлгородська народна республіка": Данілов потролив РФ через вибухи на нафтобазі (відео)". ФОКУС (in Ukrainian). 2022-04-01. Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  12. ^ ""Белгородская народная республика": Данилов потроллил РФ из-за взрывов на нефтебазе". Retrieved 2022-04-26.

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