An explosion near a Russian weapons depot was reported by a local official overnight on April 27 in the Belgorod regional village of Staraya Nelidovka.

Open-source intelligence sites on social media platforms posted videos and pictures of fires in the area. Intercepts of projectiles in the area were also reported on social media with videos.

The village is located 64 kilometers from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city of over more than 1 million people before Kremlin despot Vladimir Putin ordered a renewed invasion of the neighboring country on Feb. 24.

The Russian regional governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said on his Telegram channel that the explosion took place at around 3:35 a.m. local time and caused him to be awoken. Afterward, he learned from the village head that according to preliminary information, an arms depot was ablaze.


“There is no destruction of residential buildings, houses. There were no casualties among the civilian population,” Gladkov said in a later post.

British Defense Minister James Heappey said on April 26 that Ukraine has the right to carry out strikes on Russian territory.

He said strikes on supply lines are a “legitimate” part of war, the BBC reported.

No cause has been reported yet of the fire.

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