Russian villages shelled by Ukrainian forces

Russian villages shelled by Ukrainian forces

Moscow s ongoing military operation has resulted in Russian villages being shelled frequently from the Ukrainian side.

Over the last two and half months, almost 300 houses have been damaged in Russia's Belgorod region, which shares a border with Ukraine, according to the region s governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Since the beginning of Moscow's military offensive in Ukraine on February 24, numerous settlements have been struck from the Ukrainian side in the southwestern Russian regions of Belgorod, Bryansk and Kursk.

Over the entire period of the special operation, 281 houses in the Belgorod region were damaged, and we have already fixed 126, the governor said during a Q&A session on social media.

Gladkov also revealed that reconstruction works have not started for a reason in two villages of Nekhoteevka and Zhuravlevka.

The governor explained that the shelling is continuing because of the fact that it continues.

A Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said additional measures would be necessary to strengthen security in the regions bordering Ukraine because of repeated shelling by Kiev forces last week. He said that a Ukrainian air strike on Solokhi, a village in Belgorod Region about 11 km from the Ukrainian border, had left seven Russian civilians injured and one dead.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, after Ukraine failed 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 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 that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to retake the two republics by force.