Russia: a power station catches fire after a Ukrainian strike on a border region of Ukraine

Russia: Power station catches fire after Ukrainian strike on road border region of Ukraine

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A power station in the Russian town of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine, caught fire after a Ukrainian strike on Friday, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said. 

“A power station […] caught fire after a strike on Belgorod,” Gladkov wrote on Telegram, adding that it would take “up to four hours” to activate backup infrastructure and restore power. in electricity.

He did not specify how many people were affected by the blackout in this city of 330,000 inhabitants which has so far been only rarely hit by fire from the 'Ukraine, unlike its region, is targeted regularly.

Images on social media showed the moment of impact, flames bursting into the territory of the station in a flash of light. Mr. Gladkov released photos of the flames.

The fire was brought under control shortly after 5 p.m. GMT. “We will try to repair all the damage as soon as possible”, he assured.

Earlier, the governor had reported Ukrainian shelling on the village of Voznessenovka, in the Belgorod region , which damaged five houses and a power line.

In the morning, several missiles fired by Ukrainian forces had been destroyed by Russian air defense systems near Novy Oskol, still in the Belgorod region, according to Mr. Gladkov.

The remains of these missiles fell on a railway track, damaging several power lines and disrupting rail traffic for a few hours, he said.

On Thursday, a Ukrainian strike had already blown up an ammunition depot in the Belgorod region. The same day, a rocket ripped open the top floor of a residential building in the town of the same name, causing no casualties.

A first power outage occurred on Tuesday after a Ukrainian strike on a post electricity in the town of Chebekino, in the same region, depriving 2,000 inhabitants of electricity.

And on Monday, a 74-year-old woman was killed and other people injured in a bombardment on this locality.

Russia denounced last week a “considerable increase” in Ukrainian fire on several Russian border regions, including that of Belgorod, but also that of Kursk and Briansk.