Ukrainian government has denied carrying out an airstrike on Russia soil.
Russia had claimed that a fire that broke out at a fuel depot in the city of Belgorod early morning on Friday was the result of an attack by two Ukrainian military helicopters.
Russia’s defence ministry said that two Ukrainian helicopters struck the facility in Belgorod, some 25 km (22 miles) from the border with Ukraine, after entering Russia at extremely low altitude at around 5 a.m. Moscow time undetected.
Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov said President Vladimir Putin had been briefed about the incident.
“The fire at the oil depot occurred as a result of an airstrike from two helicopters of the armed forces of Ukraine, which entered the territory of Russia at a low altitude,” the Russian governor of the region wrote earlier on the messaging app Telegram.
“For some reason they say that we did it, but according to our information this does not correspond to reality,” Ukraine Security Council Secretary, Oleksiy Danilov said on Ukrainian national television on Friday.
Ukrainian defence ministry spokesperson, Oleksandr Motuzyanyk had earlier said he would neither confirm nor deny a Ukrainian role.”Ukraine is currently conducting a defensive operation against Russian aggression on the territory of Ukraine, and this does not mean that Ukraine is responsible for every catastrophe on Russia’s territory,” he said.