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A Ukrainian missile attack on a residential area of Belgorod allegedly killed three people and damaged more than a dozen buildings, Russian authorities said on Sunday.
Belgorod is a Russian city less than 50 miles from the Ukrainian border. According to Reuters, it is one of the few Russian cities that has come under repeated rocket fire from Ukrainian forces.
The region’s governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said three people were killed during the strike and at least four were injured. The explosion also damaged about 40 buildings.
The Ukrainian authorities have not yet responded to this accusation.
The alleged attack took place a few days after Russian troops fired missiles in a mall full of Ukrainians.
This was stated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. At the time of the attack, there were about 1,000 citizens in the shopping center. Reports say at least 18 people were killed in the attack and another 59 were injured.
Zelenskiy condemned the attack as “one of the most audacious terrorist attacks in European history.”
In recent months, President Joe Biden and other world leaders have denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal. Biden urged Putin to face a formal war crimes trial in April.
Biden administration blamed the Putin regime about the torture of Ukrainians who were electrocuted in a statement last week.
“This year, we were appalled by the horrific acts committed by Russian forces in Ukraine, including numerous credible reports of torture such as beatings, electric shocks, and mock executions,” Biden said in a statement.
International Criminal Court (ICC) opened its largest investigation ever in alleged war crimes at the end of May.
The ICC works as part of the Joint Investigation Team, together with Ukrainian, Polish and Lithuanian prosecutors. The legal branch of the European Union, Eurojust, is also involved in these efforts.
Allegations of war crimes arose after the Russian withdrawal from Kyiv showed that the city of Bucha, located in the area, was seen Russian troops kill as many as 400 citizens and force others to dig mass graves.