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Russian regions close to Ukraine were hit by a new wave of blasts early today as Ukraine continued to fight back against Vladimir Putin‘s invasion. 

An ammunition depot in Belgorod region was reportedly ablaze.

Suspected attacks from a more assertive Ukraine were also seen in Voronezh and Kursk regions.

In Kursk, there were unconfirmed reports that Russian air defenses had downed Ukrainian military drones. 

Belgorod is a region of around 1.5 million people, just north of Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv. 

Explosions were heard in the cities of Kursk and Oboyan.

Locals heard the military planes flying over Oboyan.

On the same morning as the Belgorod incident, the Russian news agency TASS reported on ‘two loud bangs’ in the city of Voronezh.’

The agency reported that the Russian military air defenses were scrambled in the area in order to defend the Baltimor military airfield. 

The neighborhood where the bangs were heard, Shilovo, is located close to the Baltimor base. 

The base is over 180 miles from the Ukrainian border. On Monday, two Russian fuel depots in the city of Bryansk were also hit by suspected Ukrainian fire. 

Several explosions were heard in Belgorod early in the morning, April 27. Ammunition depot burns near the village of Staraya Nelidovka.

Several explosions were heard in Belgorod early in the morning, April 27. Ammunition depot burns near the village of Staraya Nelidovka.

Several explosions were heard in Belgorod early in the morning, April 27. Ammunition depot burns near the village of Staraya Nelidovka.

Belgorod is a region of around 1.5 million people, just north of Ukraine's second city, Kharkiv

Belgorod is a region of around 1.5 million people, just north of Ukraine's second city, Kharkiv

Belgorod is a region of around 1.5 million people, just north of Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv 

Shelling by Ukrainian forces in villages in the Belgorod region has been reported all week

Shelling by Ukrainian forces in villages in the Belgorod region has been reported all week

Shelling by Ukrainian forces in villages in the Belgorod region has been reported all week 

Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said that he heard the blast at 3:35 a.m. local time

Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said that he heard the blast at 3:35 a.m. local time

Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said that he heard the blast at 3:35 a.m. local time

Governor of the Belgorod region Vyacheslav Gladkov, said on Telegram: ‘At approximately 03:35 I woke up from a loud bang that sounded like a blast. As I was writing this post, three more blasts were heard.’

He said: ‘According to preliminary information, an ammunition depot is on fire near the village of Staraya Nelidovka,’

No civilian casualties were reported. All three regions Belgorod, Voronezh and Kursk share borders with Ukraine.

The blasts follow suspected Ukrainian attacks earlier this week on two major oil facilities in Bryansk. 

This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows Russian tanks and armored vehicles near the Ukrainian border in the Belgorod region of Russia Monday, April 25, 2022

This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows Russian tanks and armored vehicles near the Ukrainian border in the Belgorod region of Russia Monday, April 25, 2022

This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows Russian tanks and armored vehicles near the Ukrainian border in the Belgorod region of Russia Monday, April 25, 2022

A fire in the nearby village of Staraya Nelidovka is said to have been extinguished

A fire in the nearby village of Staraya Nelidovka is said to have been extinguished

A fire in the nearby village of Staraya Nelidovka is said to have been extinguished

On April 25, two people were injured and homes were damaged during shelling in the Belgorod villages of Zhuravlevka, Golovchino and Nekhoteevka.

The government of Belgorod has extended their high ‘terrorist danger’ security level until May 10, reports CNN. The warning has been in place since April 10.

Local citizens are asked not to gather in large groups and to keep their id with them at all times. 

It’s illegal under the warning to let off fireworks.  

The Belgorod region has extended its security its high 'terrorist danger' security level until May 10

The Belgorod region has extended its security its high 'terrorist danger' security level until May 10

The Belgorod region has extended its security its high ‘terrorist danger’ security level until May 10

A blaze at Staraya Nelidovka in Belgorod region was reported extinguished by 6:30 a.m. local time.  

The attack comes less than 24 hours after U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin convened a meeting Tuesday of officials from about 40 countries at the U.S. air base at Ramstein, Germany. 

‘We´ve got to move at the speed of war,’ Austin said regarding moving more and heavier weapons to the Ukrainian capital. 

Those statements were to be echoed by UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in a statement on April 27. Truss will call on Ukraine’s allies to ‘ramp up’ and ‘double down’ on military production, reports The Guardian. 

Shortly after news of the Belgorod ammunition depot attack emerged, the Ministry of Defense in the United Kingdom issued an intelligence briefing declaring that, ‘Ukraine retains control over the majority of its airspace. Russia has failed to effectively destroy the Ukrainian Air Force or suppress Ukrainian air defenses.’ 

The US and UK governments have called on Ukraine's allies to step up military support

The US and UK governments have called on Ukraine's allies to step up military support

The US and UK governments have called on Ukraine’s allies to step up military support 

Source: dailymail

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