Russia Says It Downed Three Missiles Over Southern Region

Russia said its forces shot down three missiles over the southern border region of Belgorod, the latest spillover of fighting from Ukraine.

“Three missiles were shot down by the air defense system over Belgorod and the Belgorodsky district. Debris hit Belgorod’s residential sector. There is damage,” Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said in a statement late Tuesday.

Belgorod Mayor Valentin Demidov said nine homes and four apartment buildings had been damaged by debris but added that no one had been hurt.

Gladkov has regularly accused Ukrainian forces of shelling his border region and in January said more than two dozen residents had been killed since the start of the Kremlin’s military intervention in Ukraine on February 24 last year.

On Monday he said that Russian air defenses had downed four missiles, but that no one was hurt.

The conflict in Ukraine occasionally spills over into Russia, including earlier this month when Moscow said it was forced to respond when a group of Ukrainian saboteurs breached the frontier of the southern Bryansk region.

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