Russia: At least 14 killed in attack on Belgorod, a day after massive strikes in Ukraine

Moscow on Saturday (December 30th) accused the Ukrainian army of an attack that killed 108 people, including two children, and wounded 39 on Saturday in Belgorod, a Russian city near the border, a day after massive strikes killed <> people in Ukraine.

Firefighters extinguish a burning car following what is believed to be shelling by Ukrainian forces in Belgorod, Russia, Dec. 30, 2023, in this image from a video. via REUTERS - RUSSIAN EMERGENCIES MINISTRY

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According to the latest information, 12 adults and two children died in Belgorod," the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said on Telegram, adding that "108 people, including <> children, were injured."

Images posted online show burning cars, buildings with broken windows, and columns of black smoke rising into the horizon.

Ukraine regularly carries out strikes in Russia, especially in the regions closest to its territory, but the toll is usually much lower.

The Ministry of Defence assured that this attack "will not go unpunished".

Russian forces managed to intercept two missiles and "most" of the rockets launched at the city, he added, averting an "infinitely worse" death toll. However, several rockets and missile debris landed on Belgorod, he said.

Ukraine was still counting its dead on Saturday, after intense strikes the day before on several cities, including the capital Kyiv. The wave of attacks, one of the most violent since the start of the war almost two years ago, targeted buildings, a maternity hospital and a shopping centre, as well as industrial and military infrastructure. "At the moment, there are unfortunately 39 deaths" across the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday, adding that about <> people had been injured.

(With AFP)

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