Two wounded in Russian shelling of Ukrainian village

Two wounded in Russian shelling of Ukrainian village

Russia's Belgorod Region reported three incidents in less than 24 hours.

The Ukrainian border village of Zhuravlevka was shelled on Monday evening, resulting in two people being wounded, the governor of western Belgorod Region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, has claimed.

Gladkov wrote on Telegram that he was about to board a train to Moscow when the head of the settlement called him.

The shelling of the village began. He wrote that I have canceled my business trip and am staying in the region.

According to Gladkov, two people a man and a woman were wounded and received medical help.

There is destruction of houses. We will estimate the scale after the inspection. The governor assured us that everything that was destroyed will be restored.

On Monday night, the governor reported an attack on another settlement, about 10 km from the Ukrainian border. At least four houses were damaged in Golovchino, but there were no reports of casualties.

Russia's Investigative Committee also launched a criminal investigation into the village of Nekhoteevka, where some buildings and vehicles were reported to have been damaged earlier on Monday. The settlement was bombarded from Ukrainian territory, according to the committee.

Local authorities did not elaborate on any other details of the incidents. Earlier this month, Zhuravlevka, which is 3 km from the border with Ukraine's Kharkov region, was attacked by the Ukrainian side. A military priest named Oleg Artemov was killed at the end of March during another shelling of the village.

On Sunday, the administration of another hamlet, Otradnoye, reported the fall of a shell, allegedly fired from Ukraine. The incident happened away from the residential buildings and there was no damage or injuries.

Since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine on February 24, numerous settlements in the Belgorod region have been hit by salvos, with several criminal cases being opened.

In late February, Russia attacked the neighboring state, after Ukraine s failure 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 Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to retake the two republics by force.