Russia reports blasts in south that Ukraine calls payback for invasion
“KARMA IS CRUEL”
In the latest incidents, Belgorod regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said that a fire at an ammunition depot had been extinguished and that no civilians had been injured.
Roman Starovoyt, the governor of Kursk, another province that borders Ukraine, said that explosions had also been heard in Kursk city early on Wednesday, and that they were most likely the sounds of air defence systems firing.
He later said that a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle was intercepted in the sky over Kursk region, adding that there were no casualties or damage.
In Voronezh, the administrative centre of another southern province, the TASS news agency cited an emergencies ministry official as saying that two blasts had been heard and the authorities were investigating.
Regional governor Alexander Gusev said in the morning that an air defence system had detected and destroyed a small reconnaissance drone.
Russia said that it was sending investigators to the Kursk and Voronezh regions to document what it calls “illegal actions by the Ukrainian army”.
Ukraine’s Podolyak said that it was not possible to “sit out” the Russian invasion.
“And therefore, the disarmament of the Belgorod and Voronezh killers’ warehouses is an absolutely natural process. Karma is a cruel thing,” he said.