Ukraine denies ‘attacking inside Russia AGAIN’ after Moscow claims two helicopters bombed border towns following threat to strike Kyiv as payback
- Russia accused Ukraine of striking the village of Klimovo, near Belarus, today
- Moscow said seven people, including a two-year-old child, had been injured
- Kyiv has since come out and denied the claim, accusing Moscow of staging ‘terror attacks’ on its own territory to stir up ‘anti-Ukrainian hysteria’
- Comes just a day after warning Kyiv could be bombed as payback for attacks
- Ukraine has not confirmed any cross-border raids, instead warning of false flags
Kyiv has rejected Moscow’s claim that it carried out attacks on Russian soil, accusing Moscow of staging ‘terror attacks’ on its own territory to stir up ‘anti-Ukrainian hysteria’ in the country.
Earlier, Russia accused Ukraine of bombed a village near its border with Belarus, after warning that attacks could prompt it to strike Kyiv in response.
Two Ukrainian helicopters ‘violated Russian airspace’ on Thursday , the federal Investigative Committee said, and fired six missiles at Klimovo in the Bryansk region.
Seven people, including a two-year-old child, were wounded in the attack, according to Russian claims which could not be verified.
It comes just a day after Russia warned it could strike ‘command centres’ in Kyiv in revenge for cross-border attacks, which have included blasts at oil depots and on railway lines.
Russia claims seven civilians were wounded after Ukraine carried out strikes against the village of Klimovo, in the Bryansk region near its border with Belarus
Ukraine has not confirmed that its forces carried out any of the bombings, and has instead warned that Russia may stage false-flag attacks aimed at justifying further ‘cruelty toward Ukraine’s civilians’.
‘On April 14, 2022, using two combat helicopters equipped with heavy offensive weapons, military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine illegally entered the airspace of the Russian Federation,’ Russia’s investigative committed said in a statement.
‘Moving at low altitude, they carried out at least six air strikes on residential buildings in the village of Klimovo,’ it said. Six buildings were damaged and seven people were injured, the statement said.
A health ministry official saying two people had been seriously injured, RIA news agency reported.
Bryansk region authorities closed schools for fear of further strikes, TASS news agency reported.
Vehicles were damaged when a border post came under mortar fire from Ukraine near Klimovo on Wednesday, Russia’s FSB security service told state television.
Russia’s defence ministry on Wednesday said the continuation of ‘sabotage and attacks’ by Ukrainian forces could trigger strikes on Kyiv.
Strike comes just a day after Russia warned that it could target ‘command centres’ in Kyiv as payback for the raids. Ukraine has refused to comment
‘If such incidents continue, then consequence from the armed forces of the Russian Federation will be attacks on decision making centres, including in Kyiv, which the Russian army has refrained from to date,’ the defence ministry said.
Authorities in four Russian regions bordering Ukraine and in Russian-controlled Crimea announced they were stepping up security measures on Monday over what they said were ‘possible provocations’ from the Ukrainian side.
Moscow’s incursion into Ukraine, the biggest attack on a European state since 1945, has seen more than 4.6 million people flee abroad, killed or wounded thousands and left Russia increasingly isolated on the world stage.
The Kremlin says it launched a ‘special military operation’ to demilitarise and ‘denazify’ Ukraine.
Kyiv and its Western allies reject that as a false pretext for an unprovoked attack.