Powerful explosions heard overnight in the city of Lugansk in Donbass were caused by a successful Ukrainian attack on a military site near the city, the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) confirmed on Wednesday.
Footage of the incident shows a large fire raging near the city, with explosions heard thundering in the distance.
According to Vitaly Kiselev, the deputy defense minister of the LPR, Ukrainian forces fired multiple rockets at a military facility near the city.
“Our air defense engaged them and shut down all but one, which hit an ammo depot,” he told Russia’s TASS news agency. “The munitions caught fire, blew up and were scattered 1.5- 2km or even 3km away.”
The LPR official earlier reported that Ukraine fired nine missiles from a US-made HIMARS multiple rocket systems at around midnight. The barrage was initially misidentified as a single Tochka-U tactical ballistic missile, Kiselev said at the time. He also noted that Ukrainian forces targeted an air defense base protecting the city from regular attacks.
The republic, which Russia recognized as a sovereign state days before launching its offensive against Ukraine, didn’t offer any details about damage or possible casualties caused by the Ukrainian strike.