Two killed by shelling in Russia border region as hundreds flee

Belgorod, Russia-Two civilians were killed on Friday in shelling on Russia’s Belgorod region on the border with Ukraine, while Kyiv was hit by Russian strikes overnight for a sixth day in a row.
The Ukrainian capital has seen almost nightly air raids in May after being relatively spared in the beginning of the year. Strikes have also intensified in the Belgorod region, which has been hit by shelling and border incursions recently.
“Shrapnel hit cars passing by. Two women travelling in one of them died on the spot from their wounds,” Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.
Two others were severely wounded by the shelling that hit a village in the Shebekino district, while other settlements were also hit without any reported casualties. The head of the Shebekino district, Vladimir Zhdanov, said authorities were continuing to evacuate people but faced difficult conditions.   “Unfortunately, it is impossible to organise mass departure by bus or to gather people at a particular point... because of shelling risk,” Zhdanov said. Residents from Shebekino have been pouring in to displaced centres of the regional capital of Belgorod since Thursday, following another armed incursion attempt.
“There are many families with children, including infants and disabled people. We will try to provide them with as much care as possible,” Belgorod mayor Valentin Demidov said Thursday.Governor Gladkov said 2,500 people were being put up in various temporary centres in the region, including the regional capital’s sports arena.

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