Ukraine drone strikes injure dozens in Russia’s Belgorod, Moscow claims

Kyiv has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in Monday’s reported drone strikes. Ukrainian officials have previously stated they will use force to hit logistical targets and supply lines inside Russia.

Tensions along the Russia-Ukraine border escalated on Monday as Moscow accused Kyiv of launching a drone offensive that wounded 40 civilians, including three children, in the southwestern Belgorod region. The strikes reportedly targeted vehicles in the area.

The allegations came from Alexey Kuznetsov, an aide to Russia’s health minister, who provided details on the claimed Ukrainian drone attack’s impact. “According to the latest information, 40 people, including three children, were wounded in an attack by Ukrainian nationalists using drones,” Kuznetsov stated.

He added that 30 of the wounded, encompassing the three children, required hospitalization while the other 10 received medical treatment at the scene. No further specifics were provided about the precise locations hit or the severity of the injuries.

If confirmed, such drone strikes deep inside Russia would mark an escalation in Ukraine’s military operations and retaliation for the ongoing Russian invasion. The Belgorod region has repeatedly come under fire during the conflict, with Moscow accusing Kyiv of targeting villages and infrastructure through shelling and cross-border raids.

Kyiv has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in Monday’s reported drone strikes. Ukrainian officials have previously stated they will use force to hit logistical targets and supply lines inside Russia to disrupt Moscow’s military operations.

The purported attack comes amid intense fighting along the front lines in eastern Ukraine. Russia has warned of “proportional” responses to any Ukrainian strikes on its territory as the war grinds on with no diplomatic solution in sight.

The drone strike claims also coincide with increased Western military support for Ukraine, including proposed plans by the U.S. and allies to provide Kyiv with battle tanks and longer-range weapons systems. Such assistance may enable Ukraine to mount more aggressive cross-border operations.