Russian village near Ukrainian border shelled – governor
Russia’s Belgorod Region reported two shelling incidents on Monday
The Russian village of Zhuravlevka, which is near the Ukrainian border, was shelled on Monday evening, resulting in two people being wounded, the governor of the southwestern Belgorod Region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, has claimed.
Gladkov wrote on Twitter that he was about to board a train to Moscow to go on a business trip when the head of the village called him.
“The shelling of the village began. I canceled my business trip and am staying in the region,” he wrote.
According to Gladkov, two people – a man and a woman – were wounded and received medical help.
“There is destruction of houses. We will estimate the scale after the inspection. We will restore everything that was destroyed,” the governor assured.
He did not elaborate on any other details of the incident. Earlier this month, Zhuravlevka, which is located 3 kilometers from the border with Ukraine’s Kharkov region, was shelled by the Ukrainian side. At the end of March, during another shelling of the village, a military priest named Oleg Artemov was killed.
Earlier on Monday, Russia’s Investigative Committee launched a criminal probe into the alleged shelling of the village of Nekhoteevka, where some buildings and vehicles were reportedly damaged. According to the committee, the settlement was shelled from Ukrainian territory.
On Sunday, the administration of another village, Otradnoye, reported the falling of a shell, allegedly also fired from Ukraine. There was no damage or injuries, as the incident happened away from the residential buildings.
Since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine on February 24, numerous settlements in the Belgorod Region have been shelled, with several criminal cases subsequently opened.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.