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Russia Says Ukraine Choppers Made Rare Cross-Border Strike

  • Oil tanks in Belgorod hit in night raid, local governor says
  • Ukraine hasn’t commented on alleged attack on Russia territory
Firefighters work at the site of fire at an oil depot in Belgorod region, Russia, on April 1. Source:

Firefighters work at the site of fire at an oil depot in Belgorod region, Russia, on April 1. Source:

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Russia said two Ukrainian military helicopters crossed the border and attacked an oil-storage facility in the city of Belgorod, causing a large fire early Friday.

Tass quoted Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov as saying the aircraft flew in at low altitude and struck the facility owned by Rosneft, the state oil company. Four of eight fuel tanks that had caught fire were extinguished by early afternoon, Interfax reported. Two workers were reported injured and nearby residents were being evacuated. A local industrial park also reported damage, according to Tass.