Russian air defenses destroy UAV near Ukraine's Voronezh

Russian air defenses destroy UAV near Ukraine's Voronezh

A UAV has been destroyed by Russian air defenses in the Voronezh region, according to the governor.

A Russian air defenses outside the city of Voronezh, not far from the Ukrainian border, said a surveillance drone was shot down early on Wednesday by Russian air defenses.

Aleksandr Gusev wrote on Telegram that the air defense systems detected and successfully destroyed a small-sized reconnaissance UAV in the skies near Voronezh.

He said there was no threat to the life and health of the region's residents. The governor didn't say what the origin of the drone was, but some parts of the Voronezh Region have been on a heightened terrorist alert since April 11 due to possible action from Ukraine.

Two drones sent by Kiev were shot down in the nearby Kursk region on Monday, one of which was a Turkish-made Bayraktar UAV, according to local media.

Voronezh, which has a population of one million, is located about 300 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.

Since the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, numerous settlements have been hit from the Ukrainian side in the southwestern regions of Belgorod, Bryansk and Kursk. The Voronezh region has been largely spared from such attacks.

A series of explosions rocked an ammunition depot south of Belgorod on Wednesday. This followed the shelling of three villages in the same region a day earlier.

Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, after Ukraine refused to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow's eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French-brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country and give guarantees that it will not join NATO. Ukraine views the Russian offensive as an unprovoked act of war and denies it plans to retake the two republics by force.