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Russo-Ukrainian war, attack on an oil depot in Belgorod | Moscow: “It will burden the negotiations”

The alleged Ukrainian attack was documented through videos showing the fires and firefighters working to put out the flames that, according to TASS, involved eight tanks. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba “did not confirm or deny” the news: “I am not aware of all the military information,” he said.

There are several good reasons why the Ukrainian military decided to strike Moscow outside the border as well. Belgorod, the capital of the homonymous region, is located less than 80 kilometers from Kharkiv. The Russian-Ukrainian border extends exactly halfway between the two cities. After Mariupol, Kharkiv was the city hardest hit by Russian bombing. In fact, Moscow considers the control of the Donbass River and the entire eastern region of Ukraine a strategic goal. Shortly before the start of the Russian invasion in late February, Belgorod was one of the places where Vladimir Putin massed his forces to launch aggression.

Kyiv denies attacking Belgorod warehouse

A senior Ukrainian security official denied Moscow’s allegations that Kyiv was responsible for the attack on the oil depot in the Russian city of Belgorod. “For some reason they say it is us, but according to our information this does not correspond to reality,” Ukrainian Security Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov told national television.

America: “Putin is the only aggressor.”

While the White House has not commented on the Kremlin’s accusations against Kyiv of the attack on a fuel depot in Belgorod, it accused Putin of “starting this war.” “There is only one attacker here, and that is President Putin and the Russian military on his orders,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

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