Shelling near Ukraine hits Russian village and sugar refinery

The governors of Russia’s Kursk and Belgorod regions, east of the Ukrainian border, reported shelling on a border village and a sugar refinery on Tuesday evening.

Belgorod Region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said the village of Bezymeno, 50 kilometers northwest of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, was shelled, injuring at least one person.

“There is damage. A door-to-door assessment of the area is underway,” he added.

The Ukrainian army announced on Monday that its troops had regained control of territory on the Russian border near Kharkiv.

An hour after Gladkov’s statement, Kursk region governor Roman Starovoit reported an attack on the border village of Tetkino, 50 kilometers northwest of the Ukrainian city of Sumy.

“A sugar refinery on the outskirts of the village was hit by mortar fire,” Starovoit said.

“Enemy fire was suppressed by our border guards and the army,” he wrote in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

It was the second attack on the Kursk region on Tuesday, according to Starovoit, who reported that a nearby village near Ukraine’s Sumy region was bombarded with large-caliber weapons before dawn.

Ukraine regained control of the Sumy region in early April from Russian troops.

Ukrainian officials have not claimed responsibility for the attacks, but neither have they explicitly denied being behind them.

The Kremlin has called for additional measures to strengthen security in Russian territories close to Ukraine in light of last week’s attacks.