Explosions were heard early Wednesday in three Russian regions bordering Ukraine, local authorities and Russian state media reported.
The fire at the Belgorod depot: The explosion was followed by a fire in the ammunition depot in the village of Staraya Nelidovka, about 16 km north of the Ukrainian border, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said in his Telegram on Wednesday. He added that there were “no civilian casualties”.
Explosions in Kursk: In the Kursk region, residents “heard explosions” around 2:45 a.m. local time. Governor Roman Starovoyt said details surrounding the explosions are still “being clarified”, but there were no casualties or destruction.
The Kursk explosions come just two days after two Ukrainian drones were shot down by Russian air defense teams in the village of Borovskoye, according to Starovoyt.
Shots heard at dawn in Voronezh: Two loud bangs were heard by residents of the Shilovo district of the Russian city of Voronezh at 4:40 a.m., according to Russian state media TASS, citing authorities.
“A civil defense and emergency response team and a team from the Russian Emergencies Ministry are currently at the site of the incident. An official from the investigative committee is about to arrive,” reportedly told TASS a district civil defense and emergency officer.
Voronezh is located approximately 200 miles from the Ukrainian border and is a major military and transportation hub.
Russian officials have repeatedly accused Ukraine of staging cross-border attacks on fuel depots and military installations, claims Ukrainian government agencies say are aimed at stoking “anti-Ukrainian sentiment”.
CNN could not independently confirm that there was no damage to residential buildings or civilian casualties from Wednesday’s explosions.