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1 Killed in Ukrainian Drone Crash in Russia’s Belgorod

A man was killed when a Ukrainian drone crashed in the city of Belgorod on Friday, regional authorities said. 

Photos shared on social media showed blown-out windows of an apartment building, rescue workers retrieving a body and Belgorod region Governor Vyachelsav Gladkov meeting with residents.

“Unfortunately a man was killed in an explosion,” Gladkov wrote on the messaging app Telegram without identifying the victim by name. 

The man’s wife was hospitalized with a concussion, cuts on her face and burns on her legs, he added.

A second resident sought medical help after receiving shrapnel wounds, Gladkov said.

Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed to have shot down a Ukrainian drone with air defense systems over the Belgorod region at around 2:30 p.m. Moscow time on Friday.

Recent months have seen a sharp uptick in Ukrainian attacks along Russia’s western border, as well as incursions by pro-Kyiv militias comprised of Russian volunteer fighters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed retribution for Ukrainian strikes and incursions into Russia's border regions.

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