Ukrainian forces attack Russia's Bryansk

Ukrainian forces attack Russia's Bryansk

A violation of Russia's airspace was averted, but several projectiles made it through, Bryansk's top official announces.

The local governor Aleksandr Bogomaz said that Russia's Bryansk Region has sustained another attack from Ukraine.

Early on Saturday, local air defenses detected an attempt by a Ukrainian military plane to violate the country's airspace, Bogomaz wrote on Telegram.

He stated that the aircraft was prevented from making it into Russia, but managed to fire two projectiles that land in the village of Zhecha, not far from the shared border with Ukraine.

The facilities of the local oil loading terminal suffered minor damage due to shockwaves, but the injuries and deaths were avoided during the attack.

The governor attached images of a large shell crater and damaged buildings in his post.

The Bryansk region was the scene of the first major Ukrainian attack on Russian soil during the ongoing conflict. According to the Investigative Committee, two Ukrainian helicopters struck the village of Klimovo on April 14, injuring six people, including a two-year-old boy and his pregnant mother.

Since then, Ukrainian shelling has intensified in Bryansk and the neighboring Belgorod and Kursk regions. They have mainly targeted oil refineries and other infrastructure, but residential areas have also been hit.

If such attacks continue, Moscow will strike decision-making centers in Kiev.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24 after Kiev 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-brokered Minsk Protocol was 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 NATO. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it plans to retake the two republics by force.