Two people killed by Ukrainian artillery fire on Russia’s Belgorod region

Firefighters work at a house on fire following a shelling, which, according to the regional governor, was by Ukrainian forces, in the village of Sobolevka, Belgorod region, Russia, in this handout image released June 2, 2023. Governor of Russia's Belgorod Region Vyacheslav Gladkov via Telegram/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two people were killed and two injured by Ukrainian artillery fire on Russia’s Belgorod region on Saturday, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

“Since this morning, settlements in the Shebekino urban district have been under fire from the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” he wrote on Telegram. On Friday, Gladkov said that more than 2,500 people were being evacuated from the district, given that it was not safe to be there.

Russian officials have in recent days reported intensified attacks from northern Ukraine. Five people were killed, 16 injured in Ukrainian shelling attacks on Belgorod region on Friday, Gladkov said in an earlier update.

“The night was restless. Air defences worked over (the city of) Belgorod,” he wrote on Saturday.

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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