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Drone hits Russian apartment block; Ukraine blamed

  • Drone strikes St. Petersburg building
  • 100 evacuated, six injured
  • Escalation amid ongoing conflict

Early on Saturday, one hundred individuals were evacuated after a residential building in St. Petersburg was struck by a drone.

On Saturday morning, a Russian apartment building consisting of five stories was struck by a drone, prompting certain Russian media outlets to attribute the incident to Ukraine.

St. Petersburg building occupants reported an eerie explosion, followed by a fire, shortly after 7:00 a.m. local time.

Elena, a resident, stated to Reuters, “As I was just about to open the window, I heard a whistle. Suddenly, there was an explosion, followed by a fire and an entire apartment filled with smoke; the window was blown out.”

The Russian National Guard Rosgvardiya reported that one hundred people were evacuated, whereas RIA Novosti reported that six people required medical assistance following the detonation.

The incident captured the building’s exterior on camera, which was beset by shattered glass, blown-out windows, and debris on the ground.

According to Russian media, the incident may have been precipitated by a downed Ukrainian drone en route to a nearby petroleum depot.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence stated it “lacked information regarding the situation described,” and the Russian Ministry of Defence has not commented.

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As a Russian drone struck an apartment block in the Ukrainian port city of Odesa, at least five people were killed, and others were feared to be buried beneath the debris.

According to officials, air defenses elsewhere in Ukraine intercepted fourteen of seventeen drones that entered Ukrainian airspace.

The regional governor of Kharkiv province, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that high-rise structures in the provincial capital, also known as Kharkiv, were damaged by a drone attack. Russian artillery and mortar strikes affected over twenty settlements in Kharkiv province.

A little more than two years have passed since Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, which precipitated an escalation of the 2014 conflict.

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