Russian Military Says 13 Ukrainian Rockets Downed in Southern Belgorod Region

By Reuters
December 30, 2023Russia–Ukraine War
Russian Military Says 13 Ukrainian Rockets Downed in Southern Belgorod Region
Ukrainian crew members sit in a German Gepard anti-aircraft-gun tank used to target Russian drones on the outskirts of Kyiv, on Nov. 30, 2023. (Roman Pilipey/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia’s Defence Ministry said its anti-aircraft units had destroyed 13 Ukrainian rockets over the southern Belgorod region on Friday and the regional governor said one person had been killed and four injured in the incidents.

A ministry statement said units in Belgorod region had thwarted “an attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack,” with 13 rockets taken down.

Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of the Belgorod region on the Ukrainian border, said a man had been killed when a house was struck.

Four people were being treated for injuries. Ten private homes sustained damage and the water supply in the city of Belgorod was disrupted, Mr. Gladkov said.

The Ukrainian armed forces posted video on Telegram of what they said was the sky above Belgorod, showing at least one building on fire.

The Russian Defence Ministry reported 32 drones were shot down over the Bryansk, Oryol, Kursk, and Moscow regions overnight. The ministry did not provide any information on damage or casualties.

On Saturday morning, the governor of the Bryansk region, also adjoining Ukraine, said a child had been killed in strikes on “civilian objects” in two villages. Alexander Bogomaz did not specify when the attacks took place.

The Russian military also said it had destroyed a Ukrainian maritime drone moving towards the Crimean peninsula.

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