Russia claims two Ukrainian drones were shot down over Belgorod – World

MOSCOW: Russia said it shot down two Ukrainian drones near the border in the Belgorod region on Monday. There were no reports of casualties.

The Ministry of Defense said two drones were involved in the incident and that it happened at around 1.20am (22.20 GMT Sunday).

“Air defense systems on duty destroyed two UAVs over the territory of the Belgorod region,” the ministry announced on Telegram.

The governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said the drones were “shot down” over Yakovlevski district, which lies north and west of the city of Belgorod.

“There were no victims. Fragments of one of the drones fell on the road near a private residential building. All emergency services are on the ground,” he wrote Telegram.

Since Ukraine launched its counteroffensive in early June, Russia has endured a wave of drone attacks in recent months that have occasionally damaged buildings, including in Moscow.

Russian officials downplayed their importance.

On Thursday night, two Ukrainian drones were destroyed over Rostov-on-Don in south-western Russia – the main operational hub for Moscow’s military in the Ukraine conflict.

One fell in the historic center of the port city, near a key military headquarters.

At the end of June, Wagner’s mercenaries under the leadership of Yevgeni Prigožin briefly took over the headquarters. Prigozhin died along with nine other people when a plane flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg crashed in August.

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