Russian border region says Ukraine shelled it, Kyiv blames stray Russian fire

Governor of a Russian border region charged Ukraine shelling an apartment complex there on Thursday but a Kyiv An official said the cause was a stray Russian missile, just in a series of apparent attacks on Russian border towns.
Vyacheslav Gladkov said a school was damaged in a village near the border, and the top floor of an apartment complex collapsed in the city of Belgorod.
Advisor to the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter that Russia had launched a missile towards the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv but “something went wrong and it hit (a) a residential building”.
Video shows rubble next to a 16-story apartment complex with a large patch near its roof. Reuters could not independently determine who was responsible. Gladkov said no one was injured.
Separately, Gladkov said that a border post in the border town of Shebekino, which borders Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv region, and an ammunition depot near the city of Belgorod were destroyed in Ukrainian air strikes. He said there were no casualties in both strikes.
Video, which appears to be of an ammunition depot, shared on social media shows a large fire illuminating the night sky.
The governor of another Russian region, Kursk, said an electrical substation was damaged by a shell casing, leaving two settlements without power. Reuters was unable to independently verify that report.
Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal case over shelling in the area and blamed the Ukrainian military. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Russia’s border regions have reported sporadic attacks since Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24, including on targets such as fuel and ammunition depots. Ukraine has not admitted responsibility, but one official described previous incidents as “karma” for Moscow’s war actions.
The war has killed thousands of Ukrainians and left cities, towns and villages in ruins. Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russian forces of committing war crimes and targeting civilians, charges Moscow denies.


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