The Russian Defense Ministry warned this Friday that it would “increase” the number and scale of the offensive against the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in response to a suspected attack by Ukrainian forces in the Russian city of Klimovo in Bryansk Oblast.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov detailed that Russian anti-aircraft systems shot down the Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter responsible for the attack that took place on Thursday, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.
On the other hand, as a result of the attack, the authorities of the Briansk province declared a state of emergency in Klimovo, as the provincial governor Alexander Bogomaz confirmed in statements to Russian television.
According to Bogomaz, the authorities want to “provide any necessary assistance” to restore the affected houses, the Interfax news agency reported.
According to the Russian Ministry of Health, eight people were injured in the bomb attack, including an almost two-year-old child.
Ukrainian authorities have denied carrying out the attack. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on Friday accused Russia of firing on its own territory and blaming Ukraine, based on wiretapped phone calls. “This is done to provoke,” heard the conversation, attributed to Russian troops and collected by Ukraine’s Ukrinform news agency.
Ukraine’s intelligence service warned Tuesday that Russia’s special services are planning terrorist attacks on its own territory to “excite” citizens and “inject anti-Ukrainian hysteria.”
These attacks would focus on homes, hospitals and schools, and in the background they would accuse the Ukrainian armed forces and volunteer battalions of “atrocities”.