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A Ukrainian missile attack hit a residential area in the city of Belgorod, reportedly killing three people and damaging more than a dozen buildings, Russian authorities said on Sunday.
Belgorod is a Russian city less than 50 miles from the Ukrainian border. It is one of the few Russian cities to have seen repeated missile attacks by Ukrainian forces, according to Reuters.
Regional Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov announced that three people were killed during the attack and at least four were injured. The blast also damaged approximately 40 buildings.
Ukrainian officials have not yet responded to the accusation.
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The alleged attack comes days after Russian forces fired missiles at a shopping mall packed with Ukrainians.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that approximately 1,000 citizens were in the mall at the time of the attack. Reports say that at least 18 people were killed during the attack and 59 others were injured.
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Zelensky condemned the attack as “one of the most audacious terrorist attacks in European history”.
President Joe Biden and other world leaders have denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal in recent months. Biden called for Putin to face an official war crimes trial in April.
The Biden administration accused the Putin regime of torturing and electrocuting Ukrainians in a statement last week.
“This year we have been shocked by the horrific acts committed by Russian forces in Ukraine, including multiple credible reports of torture including beatings, electric shocks and mock executions,” Biden wrote in a statement.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) opened his biggest investigation ever on alleged war crimes at the end of May.
The ICC is working as part of a joint investigation team together with prosecutors from Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania. The legal arm of the European Union, Eurojust, is also participating in the effort.
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The war crimes allegations surfaced after the Russian withdrawal from the outskirts of Kyiv revealed that Bucha, a town in the area, saw Russian troops kill up to 400 citizens and forcing others to dig mass graves.