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Russian missile fired from its own border town hits AUS and slams into the ground

A Russian missile fired from the border town of Belgorod last night failed to ignite and instead crashed on its own territory.

The strike was supposed to hit Kharkiv but fell near residential buildings in the city where Kremlin weapons for attacks on Ukraine are stored.

Footage shared online shows the Iskander rocket hurtling through the sky before beginning its rapid descent to Earth and exploding in a fireball.

A Russian missile fired from the border town of Belgorod last night failed to ignite and instead crashed on its own territory

A Russian missile fired from the border town of Belgorod last night failed to ignite and instead crashed on its own territory

The strike was supposed to hit Kharkiv but fell near residential buildings in the city where Kremlin weapons for attacks on Ukraine are stored

The strike was supposed to hit Kharkiv but fell near residential buildings in the city where Kremlin weapons for attacks on Ukraine are stored

Earlier this week, panicked Russians were seen fleeing Belgorod in desperation after Ukraine fired a series of night missiles.

The latest Kremlin blunder shows residents may well have escaped their own missiles.

Footage taken from the city’s train station Monday night shows civilians trying to squeeze onto the midnight train.

The insane rush came after videos were shared on Telegram of Ukrainian missiles flying over the city before being interrupted by defense systems.

Footage shared online shows the Iskander rocket hurtling through the sky before beginning its rapid descent to Earth and exploding in a fireball

Footage shared online shows the Iskander rocket hurtling through the sky before beginning its rapid descent to Earth and exploding in a fireball

The missiles exploded in bright white lights, illuminating the night sky over residential buildings.

Belgorod was seen as vulnerable to Ukrainian attacks due to its proximity to the border and stockpiling of Russian arms, with the Kremlin regularly launching strikes from the region.

Elsewhere today, Ukraine repelled Russian attacks towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka, towns north of the Russian-held city of Donetsk, the general staff of its armed forces said.

Panicked Russians were seen fleeing the border town of Belgorod on Monday after Ukraine fired a series of night missiles

Panicked Russians were seen fleeing the border town of Belgorod on Monday after Ukraine fired a series of night missiles

Panicked Russians were seen fleeing the border town of Belgorod on Monday after Ukraine fired a series of night missiles

The frenzied rush came after Telegram shared videos of Ukrainian missiles flying over the city before being interrupted by defense systems.

The frenzied rush came after Telegram shared videos of Ukrainian missiles flying over the city before being interrupted by defense systems.

Pro-Russian forces have focused on Bakhmut in their push to extend control of the Donbass region, Ukraine’s industrial heartland to the east, the general staff added on Wednesday.

Russia has denied reports of Ukrainian advances and said its troops routed Ukrainian forces.

Separatists said today that 13 rescue workers were killed and nine injured after coming under Ukrainian artillery fire in the Russian-controlled part of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

“On September 1, around 4 a.m., a group of DPR rescue workers performing their duties in the village of Rubtsi came under artillery fire from Ukrainian armed formations,” officials of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told Telegram.

Reuters could not independently verify the report.

A man exits his damaged home after a rocket attack in Kramatorsk yesterday

A man exits his damaged home after a rocket attack in Kramatorsk yesterday

An interior view of a damaged building after shelling in Kharkiv, north-eastern Ukraine

An interior view of a damaged building after shelling in Kharkiv, north-eastern Ukraine

It comes as Russia and Ukraine accused each other of carrying out attacks near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant today, just as a team of UN inspectors were on a visit despite the fighting.

A group of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, led by its director Rafael Grossi, made their way to the Russian-held Zaporizhia nuclear power plant despite heavy shelling that caused an emergency system to shut down one of its reactors.

“There was increased military activity, including this morning until recently,” Grossi said, adding that after being briefed by the Ukrainian military, he decided to move despite the risks involved.

“But we’re weighing the pros and cons and we’ve come this far, we’re not stopping.”

He noted that the risks in the so-called gray area between Ukrainian and Russian positions are “very, very high, but we believe we have the minimum conditions to move”.

Zaporizhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, has been occupied by Russian forces since the beginning of the six-month war but operated by Ukrainian engineers.

A local resident pushes his bicycle as smoke billows over the blast site after a rocket attack in Bakhmut, Donetsk region

A local resident pushes his bicycle as smoke billows over the blast site after a rocket attack in Bakhmut, Donetsk region

Ukraine claims Russia uses the facility as a shield, storing weapons there and launching attacks from the area, while Moscow has accused Ukraine of recklessly firing at the area, increasing the risk of a nuclear disaster that could affect the entire continent.

Fighting in early March caused a brief fire at its training complex, and in recent days the facility has been temporarily shut down due to damage, fueling fears of a radiation leak or reactor meltdown. Officials have started distributing anti-radiation iodine tablets to local residents.

“We have a very important mission to accomplish,” Grossi said, adding that “we will immediately begin an assessment of the safety and security situation at the facility.”

“I will consider the possibility of establishing a continued IAEA presence at the facility, which we believe is essential to stabilize the situation and receive regular, reliable, impartial and neutral information on the situation there,” he said .

Russia’s Defense Ministry said Ukrainian forces unleashed artillery barrage on the area and then dispatched a squad of up to 60 scouts to try to take control of the nuclear power plant.

Municipal service workers board up the windows of a damaged apartment building destroyed in a rocket attack in Kharkiv

Municipal service workers board up the windows of a damaged apartment building destroyed in a rocket attack in Kharkiv

A woman uses a mobile phone to take photos of shell-damaged buildings in a residential area in the town of Irpin

A woman uses a mobile phone to take photos of shell-damaged buildings in a residential area in the town of Irpin

It was said that the Ukrainian troops arrived in boats, landed three kilometers northeast of the plant on the left bank of the Dnieper and tried to capture it. The ministry said Russian forces “took steps to crush the enemy” and deployed warplanes.

“The provocation by the Kiev regime is aimed at derailing the arrival of the IAEA group at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Russian-installed administration of the city of Enerhodar, just outside the factory, said at least three local residents were killed and one injured by Ukrainian shelling early Thursday.

Ukrainian authorities accused Russia of shelling Enerhodar and the area of ​​the nuclear power plant in a false flag attack to prevent the arrival of the IAEA team.

“We demand that Russia stop provocations and allow the IAEA unhindered access to the Ukrainian nuclear facility,” said Zaporizhia Governor Oleksandr Starukh.

Neither side’s version of events could be immediately independently verified.

Ukrainian company Enerhoatom, which oversees the country’s nuclear power plants, said mortar shelling by Russian forces resulted in its emergency response system shutting down one of its reactors

It added that the shelling also damaged an emergency power line used for captive use and one of the plant’s reactors that was not operating was converted to diesel generators.

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Bradford Betz

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