An artillery shell fired from Ukraine partially destroyed a private house in the Russian region of Belgorod on Wednesday, injuring several civilians.
Following the incident, a state of emergency was declared in two villages near the Russian-Ukrainian border, Zhuravlyovka and Nekhoteyevka, the region’s governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said in a message on his Telegram channel.
“There was an emergency – an artillery shell was fired from Ukraine at us. The shell exploded in the village. There are casualties. Therefore, for the safety of the residents of Zhuravlyovka and Nekhoteyevka, the Belgorod region administration introduced an emergency regime in these two villages,” Gladkov said.
Both settlements were evacuated after the bombardment, he noted.
On February 24, two adults and a child born in 2015 were injured by shelling from Ukraine and several houses and a car were damaged in Belgorod.
On February 27, two missiles fired from an Uragan multiple launcher landed in a field near the village of Nekhoteyevka but caused no casualties or damage.
The Russian Investigative Committee opened separate criminal cases following all the incidents.
– Russia says Ukrainian nationalists fired on ambulance, killing 4 medical workers
Separately, the head of the Russian National Defense Management Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, said Ukrainian nationalists fired on an ambulance in the city of Sumy “for no apparent reason”, killing four medical workers who were on their way to supply emergency aid to injured civilians.
In the city of Kharkiv, several residents tried to leave the basement in which they were sheltering to look for food and water, and “for this so-called ‘freedom’ they were shot by nationalist fanatics in the yard of their house,” Mizintsev added. .
The military leader reported that on March 23, Russia opened humanitarian corridors in the Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy and Kharkiv directions: one humanitarian corridor to Russia and one to territories controlled by Ukrainian authorities.
According to Mizintsev, Russia has accepted all of Ukraine’s conditions regarding humanitarian issues, but “kyiv has not approved any of the humanitarian corridors”.
Russian armed forces evacuated nearly 18,000 people in the past day, including more than 3,700 children, Mizintsev said. Among them, 8,487 people were evacuated from the besieged city of Mariupol, including 26 Vietnamese and Jordanian citizens.
The Russian-Ukrainian war, which began on February 24, has sparked international outrage, with the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom, among others, implementing tough financial sanctions against Moscow.
At least 977 civilians were killed during the war and 1,594 injured, according to UN estimates.
More than 3.6 million people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries, according to the UN refugee agency.