Ukraine said it “neither denies nor confirms” the alleged attack on the fuel depot in Russia

Russia accused Ukraine on Friday of attacking an oil depot located on the outskirts of the Russian city of Belgorod (REUTERS) (RUSSIAN EMERGENCIES MINISTRY /)

Oleksandr Motuzyanykspokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, declined to comment on Russian accusations about the attack by Ukrainian helicopters on a fuel base in the city of Belgorodsouth of Russia.

I would like to stress that Ukraine is conducting a defensive operation against Russian aggression on the territory of Ukraine”, he said in a televised statement.

He added: “That does not mean that Ukraine has to be responsible for every miscalculation or event or catastrophe that occurs on the territory of the Russian Federation. This is not the first time we have seen this type of accusation. Therefore, I will not confirm or deny this information“, he claimed.

Russia on Friday accused Ukraine of attacking an oil depot outside the Russian city of to the Russian-Ukrainian border, which caused a huge fire.

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Ukraine said that it “does not deny or confirm” the alleged attack on the fuel depot in Russia (REUTERS) (RUSSIAN EMERGENCIES MINISTRY /)

The fire at the oil depot occurred as a result of an airstrike by two Ukrainian Armed Forces helicopters that entered Russian territory at low altitude. There are no fatalities”, declared the governor of Belgorod, Vyacheslav Gladkovquoted by Russian agencies, which indicated that there are two wounded.

The alleged attack was neither denied nor confirmed by Ukraine, and experts analyze whether it could be a “false flag” operation orchestrated by Moscow to put a stop to the peace talks they maintain with the kyiv government.

The emergency services said the fire spread to eight fuel tankseach of them with a capacity of 2,000 cubic meters.

There is a risk that the fire will continue to spread”, said a source quoted by the official Russian agency TASSwho specified that the territory of the oil deposit houses a total of 27 tanks, 14 of them as those affected by the fire.

The Russian Emergency Situation Ministry reported that About 170 firefighters and fire trucks participate in the work to put out the fire.

Belgorod is located about 30 kilometers from the border with Ukraine and about 70 kilometers from Kharkivthe most important city in eastern Ukraine, besieged by Russia since February 24 last.


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