Ukrainian forces have now shelled three villages in Russia’s Belgorod region, governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Thursday. The region is under a state of emergency and the villages near the Ukrainian border are being evacuated. The attacks caused damage to buildings and wounded an unspecified number of civilians.
“Our village of Zhuravlevka was shelled from the Ukrainian side,” Gladkov said on Telegram. “There is damage to homes and community buildings.”
Gladkov initially said he had “no information about injuries ordeaths,” but later revealed that there were wounded among the residents.
Zhuravlevka is near the border between Russia and Ukraine. Two other border villages, Spodaryushino and Bezymeno, also came under artillery fire earlier on Thursday. Residents were evacuated and there were no reported injuries.