The sound of explosions broke the stillness of the night in Russia’s Belgorod province near the border with Ukraine, where Russian media reported a munitions depot was on fire.
The fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday in the village of Staraya Nelidovka, Belgorod regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram, Russian news agency TASS reported.
“I just contacted the head of the Golovinsky rural settlement, Denis Zolotukhin. According to preliminary information, an ammunition depot is on fire near the village of Staraya Nelidovka,” Gladkov wrote on his channel.
“At about 3:35 am I was woken up by a loud bang that sounded like an explosion. As I was writing this post, three more explosions could be heard,” he said.
The fire in the ammunition depot has been extinguished, TASS reported, without naming the possible source of the explosion.
One of the images of the fire was shared on Twitter by @Osinttechnical, a journalist with the UK Defense Journal, a defense news website.
Gladkov said there were no reports of damaged buildings or civilian casualties, but he mentioned that similar explosions could be heard in the city of Belgorod at the same time.
Belgorod, which is close to the Ukrainian border near the Kharkiv region, is about 205 miles from Bryansk, the city where an oil depot was reported on fire on Monday, April 25.
The blasts in Belgorod weren’t the only blasts to be heard in Russia’s border provinces on Tuesday night.
A civil defense and emergency official of the Voronezh district said two loud bangs could be heard in the Shilovo district of the southwestern Russian city, according to TASS.
It’s unclear what the source of the explosions was and what caused them, but TASS reports that an officer from the investigative committee was on his way to the scene of the incident.
The Shilovo neighborhood is strategically located near the Baltimor Russian Air Base and is approximately 180 miles from the Ukrainian border.
More blasts were reported by provincial governor Roman Starovoyt in Kursk province, about 260 miles from Ukraine, according to Reuters. The blasts were likely the sounds of air defense systems, but again, the source of the blast is officially unconfirmed, Reuters reports.
This is breaking news and will be updated later.
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