Russia claims to repel large-scale Ukrainian drone attack on border regions

Vyacheslav Gladkov, Governor of Belgorod Oblast, described the incident as a massive UAV attack targeting the city of Belgorod and surrounding areas

Russian authorities have reported a drone attack allegedly carried out by Ukraine on two of its border regions overnight. The Russian Ministry of Defence claims to have intercepted a total of 30 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with 29 drones shot down over Belgorod Oblast and one over Voronezh Oblast.

Vyacheslav Gladkov, Governor of Belgorod Oblast, described the incident as a massive UAV attack targeting the city of Belgorod and surrounding areas. The attack has reportedly resulted in one civilian fatality and 15 injuries, with three individuals in critical condition receiving intensive care.

Gladkov detailed widespread damage across Belgorod and nearby villages. In the city itself, residential and private properties allegedly suffered broken windows. Similar destruction was reported in the wider area, with homes, vehicles, and infrastructure sustaining damage. The governor stated that local air defence systems successfully intercepted several aerial targets.

In Shebekino, a town within Belgorod Oblast, Gladkov reported that a direct hit of a shell caused a fire in an administrative building of an enterprise. Firefighters responded to the scene, but the building was destroyed in the blaze.

This incident marks a significant escalation in cross-border attacks, highlighting the ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine. The Russian claims of Ukrainian involvement have not been independently verified, and Ukraine has not yet commented on these allegations.

The attack on Belgorod, if confirmed, would represent one of the largest drone assaults on Russian territory since the beginning of the conflict. It underscores the increasing role of unmanned aerial vehicles in modern warfare and the challenges faced by air defence systems in countering such threats.