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Russia reports shelling of market in Belgorod region, drone attack in three different regions 

1 October, 2023 Sunday

On the morning of Sunday, October 1st, Russia accused Ukraine of firing on the central market in Shebekino, Belgorod region. Russia claimed three people were injured as a result. Drone attacks were reported in the Smolensk and Krasnodar regions. In Sochi, local residents reported a drone crash in the area of the airport

The regional governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, mentioned the alleged shelling of Shebekino city. 

According to him, a woman sustained a shrapnel wound to her neck and was transported to a hospital in Belgorod. Two men reportedly suffered shrapnel injuries to their legs. 

“One of the injured men left before receiving medical attention, while the other is currently being taken to City Hospital No. 2 in Belgorod,” he wrote.

Governor Gladkov also reported damage to the facades of market stalls, municipal garages, and three vehicles within the local market.

Furthermore, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed a UAV attack on the Krasnodar Krai. They reported that Russian air defense shot down one drone at around 08:00 am.

Three additional drones were apparently destroyed at approximately 09:00 am over the Smolensk region, Russia.

Smolensk mayor calls on citizens to stay indoors

The Russian Ministry of Defense also said that 3 more drones were allegedly destroyed around 09:00 am over Russia’s Smolensk region.

The head of the Smolensk city administration, Alexander Novikov, issued a statement in connection with the attack by unmanned aerial vehicles.

"This morning, five Ukrainian airplane-type drones were suppressed over Smolensk and its suburbs by air defense and electronic warfare forces. There were no casualties. Operational services are taking all necessary measures to ensure security," he was quoted as saying by Smolenskaya Gazeta.

In addition, the mayor of Smolensk appealed to the citizens not to leave their homes unnecessarily.

"I ask you to remain calm and not leave your homes unnecessarily, and to refrain from country trips. Do not approach the UAV crash sites and do not interfere with the work of emergency services!" Novikov urged.

The incident at Sochi International Airport: Ukraine’s response

Local Telegram channels mentioned the fall of an "unknown object" on the airport's premises.

A loud explosion was heard in the morning, accompanied by a column of smoke. Law enforcement officers are currently at the scene. 

The airport temporarily canceled all flights, redirecting six planes to another airfield.

To ensure security, Sochi International Airport implemented a temporary flight restriction starting from 8:20 am, as stated by Alexey Kopaigorodsky, the mayor of the city.

At the same time, Ukrainska Pravda's sources in Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate said that it was Ukrainian drones that attacked Sochi on October 1 and hit the parking lot of Russian helicopters near Adler.

Vladyslav Nazarenko, spokesman for the South Operational Command, posted a video of the alleged attack by a Ukrainian UAV.

"The Main Intelligence Directorate successfully attacked the parking lot of Russian helicopters near Adler, Sochi," he signed.

  • During the Russian attack on the night of Sunday, October 1st, the Ukrainian Air Force, along with air defense units, managed to destroy 16 out of the 30 Shahed drones.

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