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Kiev is accused of attacking an oil depot in Russia

A Russian official accused Ukraine on Friday of carrying out a helicopter attack on an “oil depot” in the western Russian city of Belgorod, about 40 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

“A fire in an oil depot occurred as a result of an air strike by two Ukrainian army helicopters that entered Russian territory at low altitude,” the region’s governor on his Belgorod Telegram account, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said.

In a separate message, he said firefighters were putting out the fire and two depot workers were injured. The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations says more than 170 rescue workers are at the scene.

The ministry has released a video showing firefighters in silver thermal suits extinguishing large burning pits.

He said he was at 5:51 p.m. (02:51 am GMT) notified of the fire and confirmed the death toll of two injured

The public company Rosneft, owner of the premises, claimed that he had evacuated his staff.

In addition, the director of a typography near Belgorod, Konstantin Lakhnov, confirmed that his company was also hit by helicopter fire.

“Helicopters fired at us with rockets (…) The windows were damaged, equipment was destroyed or damaged (…) the roof was damaged,” he told the public agency TASS.

After the attack, local media reported rows of vehicles in front of filling stations, but Energy Minister Nikolai Shulguinov assured that there would be no shortage of petrol.

Videos on social media claiming to have been filmed in Belgorod show a helicopter firing missiles and then an explosion.

On Wednesday, explosions took place in an ammunition depot in the Belgorod region, without the Russian authorities clearly explaining the cause of the incident.

Belgorod is located about 80 kilometers north of Kharkiv, the second Ukrainian city to be attacked by Russian forces since the start of the Kremlin offensive.

On February 25, local and Ukrainian media reported an attack by Kiev against a Russian air base near Rostov, without being officially confirmed.

In turn, Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense, did not say anything about the situation in Belgorod on Friday.

On the other hand, he assured that the Russian army has destroyed five Ukrainian ammunition depots and a fuel depot in the last 24 hours.

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