On Friday morning, a large fire erupted at an oil storage facility in Belgorod, just two days after a series of explosions at an ammunition depot in the same Russian territory bordering Ukraine.
The incident occurred at Belgorod, the administrative headquarters of the region, which lies 35 kilometers (21 miles) northeast of the Ukrainian border. Around 6 a.m. local time, photos and videos of the fire began to circulate online, RT reports.
Two employees at the facility were injured, but their wounds are not life-threatening, according to the regional head, Vyacheslav Gladkov.
“Emergency services are on the scene. We’ll know the cause of the events later,” Gladkov said in a statement on Telegram, announcing that residents of three nearby streets were being evacuated as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze.
Gladkov later stated that “two Ukrainian military helicopters that have entered Russian territory while flying at low altitude” hit the terminal. The incident’s full details have yet to be verified.
Earlier this week, multiple explosions rocked an ammunition depot in the nearby settlement of Krasny Oktyabr, injuring four Russian military but causing no civilian casualties. While some Ukrainian media reported that the warehouse was hit by a missile, Russian authorities disputed the claims, blaming the incident on “human error” on Tuesday night.