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Drone destroyed by Russian air defenses in Voronezh region, governor says

A surveillance drone was shot down early Wednesday by Russian air defenses outside the city of Voronezh, not far from the Ukrainian border, according to the regional governor.

“Air defense systems successfully detected and destroyed a small reconnaissance drone in the sky near Voronezh”, Aleksandr Gusev wrote on Telegram.

He assured that there was “no threat to the life and health of the inhabitants of the region.”

The governor did not specify the origin of the drone, but parts of the Voronezh region have been on heightened terror alert since April 11 due to possible action by Ukraine.

On Monday, two drones sent by kyiv were shot down in the neighboring Kursk region, one of which was a Turkish-made Bayraktar drone, according to local media.

Voronezh, which has a million inhabitants, is located some 300 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.

Since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, many settlements in the southwestern Russian regions of Belgorod, Bryansk and Kursk have been hit from the Ukrainian side. However, the Voronezh region was largely spared such attacks.

Also on Wednesday, a series of explosions rocked an ammunition depot south of Belgorod. This followed the shelling of three villages in the same area a day earlier.

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Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, after Ukraine’s refusal to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country and provide guarantees that it will not join NATO. Ukraine views the Russian offensive as an unprovoked act of war and has denied claims that it planned to retake the two republics by force.

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