Russia’s S-400 missile defense system is one of the most advanced in the world. AFP
Air defence systems were active in the Russian city of Belgorod in the early hours of Thursday, the TASS news agency cited the local government as saying.
The Belgorod province borders Ukraine's Luhansk, Sumy and Kharkiv regions, all of which have seen heavy fighting since Russia invaded Ukraine two months ago. Russia has accused Ukraine of carrying out strikes on targets in the region.
Meanwhile, just across the border from the Donbas in Russia, an ammunition depot in the Belgorod region burned after several explosions were heard, the governor said. Blasts were also reported in Russia's Kursk region near the border, and authorities in Russia's Voronezh region said an air defense system shot down a drone.
This photo shows the Russian Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft defence system. File/AFP
Earlier this week, an oil storage facility in the Russian city of Bryansk was engulfed by fire.
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