Support The Moscow Times!

15 Killed in Missile Attack Against Russia's Belgorod

Rescue workers search for people buried beneath the apartment building damaged in Sunday's attack. Vyacheslav Gladkov / Telegram

Updated with injury, death count.

Rescue workers in the western Russian city of Belgorod have recovered the bodies of 15 people buried beneath the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed earlier on Sunday after being struck by a Ukrainian missile.

"The main part of removing rubble from the apartment building on Shchors Street has been completed," Belgorod region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said Monday morning. "The bodies of 15 people have been recovered."

Gladkov added that 27 others had been injured in the explosion and subsequent building collapse, 17 of whom were still receiving medical care.

Russia's Defense Ministry said earlier on Sunday that a Ukrainian Tochka-U missile hit a "residential district" in the city after it was intercepted by air defense systems. 

It was not immediately possible to verify the Defense Ministry's claim.

A video released by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry on Sunday showed firefighters and rescuers trying to remove a huge pile of tangled rubble.

Gladkov on Sunday posted a video to Telegram showing the collapsed apartment building.

"Following direct shell fire on a residential building... the entire entrance, from the tenth to the ground floor, collapsed," Gladkov said at the time, condemning what he called "massive bombings" by the Ukrainian military.

Three other people were killed in a separate shelling attack on the city, the governor said early Monday.

One resident told RIA Novosti she was in a building corridor when an explosion went off and her husband was in a bedroom.

"He did not have time [to escape]," the woman was quoted as saying by the news agency.

Belgorod has been regularly targeted by Ukrainian drone and missile attacks since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022.

AFP contributed reporting.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more