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Ukraine hit Kursk and Belgorod oblasts with drones, Tochka-U missiles and Vampire MLRS, Russian Defense Minist

Czech MRLS RM-70 Vampire
Czech MRLS RM-70 Vampire

Ukraine attacked targets in Russia overnight with various weapons, including drones, the Tochka-U tactical missile system, and the RM-70 Vampire multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), the Russian Defense Ministry claimed on March 16.

According to the Ministry's report, Russian air defenses allegedly "intercepted and destroyed" five Ukrainian drones over Kursk Oblast and three drones, a rocket, and a Tochka-U missile over Belgorod Oblast.

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The same night, a Ukrainian drone hit a car in Belgorod Oblast, the regional authorities reported.

Russian territory has been under the biggest attack since World War II, with drones targeting industrial infrastructure in Voronezh, Kursk, Belgorod, Bryansk, Leningrad, Lipetsk, and Ryazan oblasts. According to Bloomberg, Ukrainian drone attacks on March 12-13 have affected 12% of Russia's oil refining capacity.

14 Ukrainian drones attacked Russia’s Belgorod and Kursk on March 14, Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed.

Drones attacked the Kursk, Belgorod, Tula, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Bryansk, Leningrad, and Oryol oblasts of Russia, as well as Moscow, on the night of March 12. In the city of Orel, explosions were heard near an oil depot, which caught fire. An oil depot owned by the company Lukoil in the Nizhny Novgorod region was shut down following a large fire.

Read also: 1 dead, 2 injured in Belgorod Oblast as Russia comes under drone attack for third straight night

The Freedom of Russia Legion (FRL), Russian Volunteer Corps (RVC), and Siberian Battalion announced another raid into Russian territory on March 12, describing it as an operation to "liberate the Russian Federation from dictatorship." The incursion was accompanied by several waves of Ukrainian drone attacks on Russia’s industrial infrastructure.

The FRL later announced it controlled part of the village of Tiotkino in Kursk Oblast, with the advance continuing. At least four Russian soldiers were killed in the fighting, and nine others wounded, in massive drone strikes and volunteer raids on March 12, the ASTRA Telegram wrote, citing sources.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin referred to the volunteer raid in an interview with propagandists, labeling it an attempt to disrupt the “elections” in Russia and gain leverage in the upcoming peace talks.

The RFL said that the raid in Russia would last at least until after the Presidential "elections" scheduled for March 15-17.

Read also: Air-raid alert and explosions interrupt first day of sham presidential ‘vote’ in Russian Belgorod

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