Russia says Ukrainian drones sparked fires in several regions




Russian officials reported fires Wednesday after Ukrainian drone attacks targeting parts of western Russia.

Vasily Anokhin, governor of the Smolensk region, said on Telegram the fires were located in the Smolensk and Yartsevo districts, but that there were no reported injuries.

The governor of the Voronezh region, in southwestern Russia, said falling debris from a downed drone hit a house and sparked a fire.

Russia’s defense ministry said its air defenses shot down a drone over Smolensk and two drones over Voronezh overnight. Russian forces also destroyed two more Ukrainian drones over the Belgorod region and three over the Kursk region, both areas that border Ukraine.

In this photo provided by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office, war crime prosecutors inspect fragments of bomb after Russia’s attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, April 24, 2024. In this photo provided by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office, war crime prosecutors inspect fragments of bomb after Russia’s attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, April 24, 2024.

On the other side of the border, officials in Kharkiv reported Wednesday that Russia struck the city of Kharkiv with missiles, injuring at least six people.

Oleh Synehubov, the governor in Kharkiv, said the missiles damaged three apartment buildings and five other buildings.

Some information for this story came from Agence France-Presse and Reuters

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