15 dead in Russia after a block collapsed. Russian bloggers claim that it was hit by the Ukrainians with a French AASM Hammer guided bomb

15 dead in Russia after a block collapsed. Russian bloggers claim that it was hit by the Ukrainians with a French AASM Hammer guided bomb
15 dead in Russia after a block collapsed. Russian bloggers claim that it was hit by the Ukrainians with a French AASM Hammer guided bomb
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War in Ukraine. Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking the city of Belgorod with rockets on Sunday, causing the complete collapse of a section of the block. The Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that 15 people were killed and 17 were rescued after the collapse of the building. The governor of the region, Viaceslav Gladkov, reported that a total of 19 people died in the bombings on May 12. The Russian city is near the border with Ukraine’s Kharkiv, where Moscow’s troops launched an offensive on Friday.

By the Observator editorial team on 13.05.2024, 17:30

15 bodies were pulled from the rubble of the partially collapsed block of flats in Belgorod on Sunday, Governor Viaceslav Gladkov said on Monday morning. Another 27 were injured according to the official, among them rescuers who came to help but were surprised by a second collapse. Three more people were killed in the city on Sunday night in new rounds of shelling, Gladkov said.

The moment when an explosion takes place at the base of the block was captured by surveillance cameras. It is followed by the partial collapse of the staircase section of the 10-story block. Later, when the rescuers were looking for survivors, a portion of the upper part of the building collapsed on top of them.

Fragments of a Tochka-U ballistic missile launched Sunday morning by the Ukrainian army and shot down by Russian anti-aircraft aircraft fell on the block of flats, Russian Defense Ministry officials said. Ukraine has remained largely silent, although an official in Kiev has suggested that the bloc collapsed in part because of a guided bomb dropped by a Russian jet.

The popular Russian Telegram channel Rybar, close to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, claims that different versions of the attack are circulating. “The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the block was damaged by fragments of a downed Tochka-U missile. The version of the Russian Ministry of Defense about the Tochka-U missile would seem logical if the moment of the explosion did not indicate that it occurred below, not above,” he says the channel.

The Russians claim it was an attack with a French-made AASM Hammer guided bomb

According to Rybar, it was an attack with a French-made AASM Hammer guided bomb launched by a Ukrainian plane from the Sumî region, where “enemy planes” were spotted. These bombs are limited to a range of 70 km, so the planes have to fly quite close to the front line to launch, says Rybar, who speculates that the Ukrainians’ target was most likely the Luch power station, located on the same street at three hundred meters from the damaged block.

“This tragedy once again confirms the need to create a buffer zone not only in the Kharkiv region, but also in Sumy. Otherwise, such bombings of Russian territory with fatal consequences for civilians will continue,” concluded the channel headed by Mikhail Zvinchuk, a former press attaché of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The Belgorod region, located on Russia’s western border, was the target of a large number of strikes. Although most of the cross-border bombings are observed in rural areas, there were also attacks on the capital of the region, AP recalls.

Foreign News Observer
15 dead in Russia after a block collapsed. Russian bloggers claim that it was hit by the Ukrainians with a French AASM Hammer guided bomb

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