MOSCOW, October 22. /TASS/. Two civilians were killed and many others sustained wounds after the Ukrainian military shelled the town of Shebekino, in Russia’s Belgorod Region, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.
"According to information provided by the Emergencies Ministry, two civilians were killed," he wrote on his Telegram Channel.
Gladkov stated earlier in the day that 11 civilians sustained wounds after the Ukrainian military’s shelling of the town of Shebekino.
The governor also said that up to 15,000 people were cut off from electricity supplies following the targeted attack on the region.
On October 16, Belgorod and the territory of the Belgorod Region were shelled by Ukraine. In Belgorod, three people were wounded: all from the same family, two were taken to hospital. In the Belgorod Region an elderly man was wounded in the shelling. Over 20 houses were damaged.
Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine
The situation along the line of engagement in Donbass escalated on February 17. At that time, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) reported the worst wave of bombardments by the Ukrainian military, which damaged civilian infrastructure and caused civilian casualties.
On February 21, President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow would recognize the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Russia signed agreements on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with their leaders. Moscow recognized the Donbass republic in accordance with the DPR and LPR constitutions within the boundaries of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions as of the beginning of 2014.
Russian President Putin announced on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republic for assistance he had decided to carry out a special military operation in Ukraine. The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, noting that the operation was aimed at the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine.
The DPR and the LPR launched an operation to liberate their territories under Kiev’s control.