Belgorod apartment building collapses after Ukrainian shelling

Gladkov stated that a direct shell hit had devastated the apartment building. Rescue teams were immediately sent to the scene to search for any potential victims trapped under the rubble. The governor indicated there could be people buried in the debris from the collapsed entrance.

A residential apartment building in the Russian city of Belgorod was struck by Ukrainian artillery fire early Sunday morning, causing the complete collapse of one entrance. This was reported by the regional governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Gladkov stated that a direct shell hit had devastated the apartment building. Rescue teams were immediately sent to the scene to search for any potential victims trapped under the rubble. The governor indicated there could be people buried in the debris from the collapsed entrance.

No official information on casualties has been provided yet by Russian authorities as search and rescue efforts are still ongoing. However, videos circulating online showed a huge pile of concrete and twisted metal where the entrance once stood.

Sunday’s strike is the latest in a string of cross-border attacks that have hit Belgorod and other Russian regions near the Ukrainian border over the past few weeks. Moscow has squarely blamed Ukrainian forces for conducting these strikes, though Kyiv has not officially confirmed or denied involvement.

The shelling comes as tensions are heightened between Russia and Ukraine, with the latter preparing for a major counter-offensive to try to retake land seized by Russian troops. Russia has repeatedly warned of massive retaliation if Ukraine launches any attacks into Russian territory.

As Russian civilians find themselves increasingly in the crosshairs, the Kremlin is likely facing mounting pressure to take more forceful action to safeguard border regions and prevent further strikes by Ukraine on Russian soil.