Several Russian regions suffered attacks from drones and Ukrainian shells this Sunday, October 1, injuring three people and forcing an airport to divert its flights, Russian officials announced. Since Ukraine launched its counter-offensive at the beginning of June, Russian regions have accused Ukrainian forces almost every day of attacking civilian targets with drones or shells.
“On Sunday morning, Ukrainian forces attacked the central market district of Chebekino with shells,” announced Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of the Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine, specifying that the attack left three people injured, including a woman who received a shrapnel in the neck.
The governor of the Bryansk region, also on the border, announced an attack with shells which caused damage but no injuries.
The Smolensk region, west of Moscow, said it had shot down five drones, and the Krasnodar region, on the Black Sea coast, said it had shot down one. Due to this latest attack, nearby Sochi Airport had to temporarily divert some flights to other airfields.
The Crimean Bridge, which connects this annexed peninsula to the Russian mainland, was also closed briefly on Sunday morning, without any reason being given.
Last week, Ukraine said it was behind the missile attack that hit the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, a major blow to the Kremlin.