A Russian official on Friday (April 1st) accused Ukraine of having carried out an attack against an “oil depot” in the city of Belgorod, in western Russia, about forty kilometers from the Ukrainian border.
“A fire in an oil depot took place because of an airstrike carried out by two Ukrainian army helicopters which entered Russian territory at low altitude”, declared on his Telegram account the governor of the region. of Belgorod, Vyacheslav Gladkov.
In a second message, the latter indicated that the firefighters were hard at work to put out the fire and that two employees of the depot had been injured.
The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations says that 170 rescuers are involved.
The second attack in a week in the region
The public company Rosneft, owner of the premises, told Russian news agencies that it had evacuated its staff there.
On Wednesday, explosions took place in an ammunition depot in the Belgorod region, without the Russian authorities clearly explaining the cause of the incident.
Belgorod is located about 80 kilometers north of Kharkiv, a major Ukrainian city that has been attacked by Russian forces since the start of the Kremlin offensive.