Two Dead As Ukraine Strikes Russia, Occupied East

On Thursday, Ukraine launched a drone at a town on Russia’s Belgorod border and shelled the occupied city of Gorlivka to the east, killing two people, according to local authorities.

The Kremlin frequently accuses Kyiv of indiscriminate assaults against civilians. Ukraine rejects this, claiming that it only destroys military targets responsible for fatal attacks on its own citizens.

“An aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicle” crashed into a house in the village of Krasny Vostok in the Belgorod region, destroying the building’s first floor, local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

“To our great grief, there was a victim — the body of a woman was found under the rubble,” he said.

Belgorod is right across the border from Ukraine’s northeast Kharkiv region, which has seen heavy fighting since Russia started a massive ground assault on May 10.

The Kremlin claims that the fresh Kharkiv offensive is aimed at building a “security zone” to deter future Ukrainian attacks across its border.

Separately, Ukraine attacked the Russian-controlled city of Gorlivka in the eastern Donetsk region, killing a civilian in a car, according to the city’s Russian-appointed administration.

Gorlivka was overrun by Russian rebel forces in 2014 and has been largely under Moscow’s control since.

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