Ukraine launches its first airstrike on Russia
Ukrainian helicopters bombed a fuel storage depot in western Russia, causing a huge fire, the regional governor said Friday, in kyiv’s first reported airstrike on Russian soil.
The announcement came on the 37th day of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, with thousands dead and more than 10 million displaced in Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.
The strike in the Russian city of Belgorod marked the first time Russia has reported a Ukrainian airstrike on its territory since the start of the conflict.
“There was a fire at the gasoline depot due to an airstrike by two Ukrainian army helicopters, which entered Russian territory at low altitude,” wrote the governor of the Belgorod region , Vyacheslav Gladkov, on the Telegram messaging app.
Two warehouse workers were injured in the fire, he said in another post.
Some 170 firefighters were battling to put out the huge blaze, which broke out around 06:00 (0300 GMT), the Emergencies Ministry said.
A massive fire was raging, with black and white smoke billowing overhead, video released by the ministry showed.
Russian energy giant Rosneft, which owns the facility, said it evacuated staff from the premises.