Belgorod schools and malls face shutdown due to shelling

Concrete blocks in the center of Belgorod, Russia, March 10, 2024
Concrete blocks in the center of Belgorod, Russia, March 10, 2024

Schools and shopping centers across the Russian city of Belgorod and its environs will shutter for multiple days due to shelling, regional governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said on Telegram on March 16.

Schools and colleges in Belgorod and the Belgorod district will be closed on March 17-18, with no remote classes slated to take place. Universities and kindergartens are also advised to follow suit.

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The decision was made "in light of the current situation," said the governor.

"We will now consider the precise legal wording,” Gladkov said.

“Security remains paramount for all."

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He mentioned the shelling of Belgorod Oblast once, saying: "The enemy has struck again."

Pro-Ukrainian Russian volunteer units Freedom of Russia Legion (FRL), Russian Volunteer Corps (RVC), and the Siberian Battalion announced on March 12 another raid into Russian territory, describing it as an operation to "liberate the Russian Federation from dictatorship."

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The RVC claimed to have advanced several tens of kilometers and taken prisoners. The Russian side reported casualties among the Russian army soldiers.

The FRL later announced its control over part of the village of Tiotkino in Kursk Oblast, with the advance ongoing. The ASTRA Telegram channel, citing sources, reported that at least four Russian soldiers were killed, and nine others wounded in massive drone attacks and volunteer raids on March 12.

The FRL said that the raid in Russia would last at least until after the Presidential "elections" scheduled for March 15-17. Their main mission — to reach Moscow.

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