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The governor of Belgorod Oblast said on Sunday that one civilian was killed, 8 others were injured, and a poultry farm sustained damage amid Ukrainian shelling that targeted the Russian city.
Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram, “One person died. It is known that the man came to us from Tambov and worked as a contractor on the construction of a poultry farm.”
Gladkov added that “An estimated 14,000 residents are still without power supply. Emergency crews are starting to reconnect the grid to backup power sources.”
Due to its proximity to the Ukrainian border, Belgorod has been targeted throughout the war. While there was no evidence that American weapons were used in Sunday’s attacks, the strike comes after the pentagon has agreed to provide long-range Patriot missile systems to Ukraine, which has been taken by Russia as the U.S. supporting Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory.
While initially, the U.S. seemed gravely concerned about where the weapons it provided to Ukraine were used, those concerns seem to have diminished in recent weeks. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said last week, “When we give them a weapon system, it belongs to them, where they use it, how they use it, how much ammunition they use to use that system. I mean, those are Ukrainian decisions, and we respect that.”