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Ukrainian Shelling Hits Russian Power Plant

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Part of the city of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine, was left without electricity

A Ukrainian shell has struck a power station in the Russian city of Belgorod, located not far from the Ukrainian border. The shelling has caused a major blaze at the site.

Photos and videos published on social media show massive tongues of fire rising around the power station with clouds of thick black smoke billowing into the night skies.

One video in particular showed the very moment a shell hit the facility, causing a major explosion.

The extent of the damage is not yet clear. The power station had the capacity of 110 kW, according to the Belgorod region’s governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov. The governor also said that the fire at the station was promptly extinguished.

The local emergency services are now rerouting the energy supply, Gladkov said, advising that it’s expected to be restored in about four hours. The local water-supply systems have not been affected, since they used backup power sources, he added.

Earlier on Friday, residents in at least one of Belgorod City’s districts reported a blackout. Locals also spoke of the sounds of powerful explosions.

The incidents came a day after an apartment block was hit and damaged in another Ukrainian shelling in Belgorod. Neither incident resulted in casualties. The Belgorod region has repeatedly come under shelling and drone attacks by Ukrainian forces since the outbreak of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev in late February.

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