Explosions in Russian city of Belgorod, near Ukraine, kill at least three

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At least three people died and dozens of residential buildings were damaged on Sunday (3), after explosions hit the city of Belgorod, in Russia close to the border with Ukraine .

The information was confirmed by the local governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, in after reports from residents who heard several crashes at the site.

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According to the manager’s statement on the messaging app Telegram, 11 apartment buildings were damaged and 39 private residential homes, including five that were completely destroyed.

Gladkov previously said the “incident” was being investigated, adding: “Presumably the air defense system worked.”

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The blasts left at least four people injured and two hospitalized, including a 10-year-old boy.

Reuters could not independently verify. There was no immediate reaction from Ukraine to the reports.

Belgorod, a city of nearly 400,000 inhabitants about 40 km north of the Ukrainian border, is the administrative center of the Belgorod region.

Since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, there have been several reports of attacks on Belgorod and other regions on the Ukrainian border, with Moscow accusing Kyiv of carrying out the attacks.

The Ukrainian government did not claim responsibility for previous attacks, but described the incidents as revenge and “karma” for the invasion of Russia.

Moscow calls its actions a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from the fascists.

Ukraine and its allies in the West, however, say the fascist claim is unfounded and that the war is an unprovoked act of aggression.

Source: CNN Brasil

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