Kremlin Accuses Ukraine of Attacking Russian Fuel Depot, Disrupting Peace Talks

Headline Roundup April 1st, 2022

The Kremlin accused Ukraine of attacking a Russian fuel depot on Friday, and said the strike made continuing peace talks uncomfortable.

A regional Russian leader said "an air strike carried out by two Ukrainian army helicopters who entered Russian territory at a low altitude" created a fire at a fuel depot in the Russian city of Belgorod. Ukraine's foreign minister responded, saying he "can neither confirm nor reject the claim that Ukraine was involved in this simply because I do not possess all the military information." It's the first accusation of a Ukrainian attack on Russian soil since President Vladimir Putin began his invasion of Ukraine in late February. Videos circulating on social media appear to show helicopters firing missiles at the fuel depot. Belgorod is roughly 20 miles from the Ukrainian border.

Coverage of the strike was consistent and balanced across the political spectrum Friday.

From the Center

Russia accused Ukraine of carrying out an air strike against a fuel depot in the Russian city of Belgorod on Friday, an incident the Kremlin said set an unfavourable tone for peace talks with Kyiv.

Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said he could not confirm or deny reports of Ukrainian involvement in the strike as he did not have military information. The Ukrainian Defence Ministry and the general staff did not respond to requests for comment.

Video footage of the purported attack -- the first accusation of a Ukrainian air...

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From the Left

A Russian official has alleged that two Ukrainian military helicopters flew across the border and bombed a fuel depot in the eastern city of Belgorod, in what would be, if confirmed, the first known air raid by Ukraine’s forces on Russian soil since Moscow invaded its neighbour in late February.

Video images of the purported attack posted online on Friday showed what looked like several missiles being fired from low altitude, followed by an explosion that sparked a huge fire. It was not possible to independently verify the images.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry...

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From the Right

The Kremlin said on Friday that a Ukrainian strike against a fuel depot in the Russian city of Belgorod did not create comfortable conditions to continue peace talks with Kyiv.

Russia accused Ukraine on Friday of attacking the depot but Ukrainian authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said authorities were doing everything to reorganise the fuel supply chain and avoid disruption of energy supplies in Belgorod.

A Russian official said earlier on Friday that two Ukrainian...

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