Ukrainian attack helicopters ‘strike oil facility INSIDE Russia’: Video appears to show rockets fired from aircraft blowing up storage depot 20 miles from the border
- Ukrainian forces have attacked an oil facility in Russia, according to the Russian regional governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov
- Gladkov said that the site in Belgorod was attacked by Mil Mi-24 helicopter gunships, with two workers injured but expected to survive
- Footage shared on social media appeared to show the attack at 5:43am local time, followed by helicopters flying away from the burning site
- Ukraine’s government is yet to confirm the attack, and analysts have cautioned to be aware of a ‘false flag’ attack staged by Russia
- Belgorod, home to 369,000 people, is just 25 miles from the Ukrainian border, and 50 miles from the contested city of Kharkiv
- If confirmed, it will be the second time that Ukraine has attacked inside Russia after the Millerovo airbase, 100 miles from Luhansk, was attacked in late February
Ukrainian helicopters have attacked an oil facility inside Russia, a Russian regional governor said.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, appointed by Vladimir Putin in 2020, said that two of Ukraine’s military helicopters struck a fuel storage facility in the Russian city of Belgorod on Friday after crossing the border at low altitude.
The resulting blaze injured two workers, Gladkov added, while some areas in the city, located close to the Ukrainian border, were being evacuated.
Video shared on social media appeared to show the attack happening at 5:43am local time, followed by helicopters flying away from the blaze.
Ukraine’s government is yet to confirm the incident.
The Russian city of 369,000 people is 25 miles from the border with Ukraine, and 50 miles from Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine.
Earlier in this week, reports initially claimed that Ukraine had attacked Belgorod. It later appeared more likely that the explosion at a weapons storage depot near Belgorod was the result of a human error, and not a Ukrainian airstrike.
If the helicopter attack in the early hours of Friday is confirmed, it will be just the second Ukrainian strike on Russian territory since the start of the war after the Millerovo airbase was attacked in late February.
As day broke in Belgorod, the oil facility was ablaze, with the fire allegedly sparked by Ukrainian missiles
Photos on social media appeared to show the oil facility in Belgorod ablaze in the early hours of Friday
The governor of the Russian region of Belgorod announced the attack on the oil facility in the early hours of Friday. It is yet to be confirmed by Ukraine’s government
The news site ELINT shared footage of what it said was an oil facility in Belgorod, which they claimed had been attacked by Ukraine. Their claims are unverified
If the blaze in Belgorod is confirmed to be an attack by Ukraine, it will mark the second time that Ukraine has attacked a target inside Russia
On Tuesday, similar footage emerged of a huge explosion in Belgorod, at the site of a suspected arms depot.
The depot was initially believed to have been hit by a Ukrainian missile. However, analysts later concluded that the blast was likely due to human error, rather than a deliberate attack.
Ukrainian journalist Yuriy Butusov claimed that the depot was destroyed by an OTR-21 Tochka-U ballistic missile fired by the Ukrainian 19th missile brigade, but his report was not confirmed by Ukrainian officials.
Gladkov, the regional governor, confirmed reports of the explosion and said that no Russian citizens were hurt, but refused to shed any light on the reason for the blast.
‘Explosions were heard on the territory of Belgorod and the Belgorod region,’ Gladkov said.
‘The incident took place near the village of Krasniy Oktyabr. The head of the village is in direct contact with me and has given me all the information. There are no casualties or injuries among the residents.’
‘I’ll post the reason for this later,’ he added.
However, Russian news agency TASS reported that four Russian military personnel were injured and said preliminary reports suggested the explosion was caused by a Ukrainian missile.
‘The shell hit the territory of a temporary military camp in the Belgorod region. Four servicemen were injured,’ an emergency services source told TASS.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of the Belgorod region appointed by Vladimir Putin in 2020, announced the attack on the oil facility in the early hours of Friday
Footage emerged on Tuesday of a huge explosion in Belgorod at the site of a suspected arms depot. It was initially believed to have been hit by a Ukrainian missile, but later human error was considered the likely force behind the blaze