Putin threatens to increase strikes on Ukraine following attack on Belgorod
Russian President Vladimir Putin, addressing the recent attack in Belgorod, Russia, on December 30, 2023, stated that Russia would escalate its strikes on Ukraine
He made these remarks on January 1 during a meeting with injured Russians at a Moscow suburb hospital, as reported by Meduza.
On December 30, the Russian Federation reported 24 alleged fatalities and over 100 injuries from the shelling in the center of Belgorod. Ukrainian intelligence contended that the Ukrainian Armed Forces targeted military installations, attributing the damage to civilian infrastructure and the fire in Belgorod to the Russian anti-aircraft defense's unprofessional actions and deliberate provocations.
Putin, in conversation with a military representative, described the events in Belgorod as "definitely an act of terrorism." He pointed out the use of salvo fire systems, specifically MLRS, under the cover of two missiles.
Putin declared that the Russian Federation would respond with strikes on Ukraine.
"We will do just that. As you noticed, similar strikes followed literally the next day. Today, and, I believe, tomorrow, we will continue," stated Putin.
He added, "They (Ukrainians) aim to intimidate us and sow insecurity within the country. In response, we will intensify our strikes."
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