Russian border region says Ukraine shelled it, Kyiv blames errant Russian fire

The governor of a Russian border region accused Ukraine of bombing an apartment building there on Thursday, but a Kyiv An official said a stray Russian missile was to blame, in just one of a series of apparent strikes on Russian border towns.
Vyacheslav Gladkov said a school was damaged in a village near the border and the top floor of a building was hit in the town of Belgorod.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak said on Twitter that Russia launched a missile towards the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv but “something went wrong and it hit (a) residential building”.
The video showed rubble next to a 16-story building with a large break near its roof. Reuters could not independently establish who was to blame. Gladkov said no one was hurt.
Separately, Gladkov said a border post in the border town of Shebekino, which adjoins the eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv, and an ammunition depot near the city of Belgorod were destroyed in Ukrainian strikes. He said there were no casualties in the two strikes.
Video, apparently from the ammunition depot, shared on social media showed a major fire lighting up the night sky.
The governor of another Russian region, Kursk, said an electrical substation was damaged by a shell, which knocked out electricity to two settlements. Reuters was unable to independently verify this report.
Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal investigation into the shelling of the area and blamed the Ukrainian military. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Regions bordering Russia have reported sporadic attacks since Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24, including on targets such as fuel and ammunition stores. Ukraine has not admitted responsibility, but an official has called previous incidents “karma” for Moscow’s war actions.
The war has killed thousands of Ukrainians and left cities, towns and villages in ruins. Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russian forces of war crimes and the targeting of civilians, charges Moscow denies.


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