Moscow Accuses Ukraine of Launching Helicopter Strikes inside Russia

Russia says the strike hit the village of Klimovo, which is 6 miles from the Ukrainian border

On Thursday, Moscow accused Kyiv of sending helicopters over the border to attack a Russian village and reported that seven people were injured in the strikes. The Investigative Committee of Russia said the helicopters attacked the village of Klimovo, which is just six miles from the Ukrainian border.

“Using two military helicopters carrying heavy weaponry, Ukrainian armed forces illegally entered Russian air space,” the committee said in a statement. “Flying low, acting deliberately, they carried out at least six airstrikes on residential buildings in the settlement of Klimovo.”

At this point, Ukraine hasn’t confirmed that it carried out the strikes and had rejected Russian accusations about a cross-border attack earlier this month. On April 1, Russian authorities accused Ukraine of launching a helicopter attack on a fuel depot in Belgorod, Russia.

Ukrainian officials initially denied the Belgorod attack, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky chose not to comment on the incident when asked about it in a Fox News interview. “I’m sorry. I do not discuss any of my orders as commander in chief, the leader of this state, and there are things which I only share with the military armed forces of Ukraine and when they talk with me,” he said.

The US has been sharing intelligence with Kyiv to help the Ukrainians target Russian forces inside Ukrainian territory. According to The Wall Street Journal, the US recently expanded its intelligence sharing with Ukraine, but won’t provide information that could be used to hit targets inside Russia.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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