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Russia claims it shot down ballistic missile over Belgorod Oblast

by Nate Ostiller December 12, 2023 9:51 AM 1 min read
Soviet made tactical ballistic missile complexes Tochka (Point) during a military parade in Kyiv on Aug. 24, 2016 to celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day. (Archive photo) (Genya Savilov/AFP via Getty Images)
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Russia's Defense Ministry said that air defense working in Russia's western Belgorod Oblast shot down a Tochka-U ballistic missile in the early morning of Dec. 12.

It said that the missile was destroyed, but did not comment on if it or subsequent debris caused any damage.

Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of Belgorod Oblast, said that air defense had shot down a "target" near the village of Bessonovka, about 30 kilometers from the city of Belgorod and close to 50 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

Kyiv did not comment on the claim, and it cannot be independently verified.

Drones and missiles have targeted Russian territory intermittently since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Ukraine usually does not comment on the strikes, which have reached as far as Moscow.

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