Ukrainian forces hit one of Putin’s army checkpoints inside Russian territory for the second day in a row.
Mortar shells struck the Krupets border post in Kursk, south-western Russia around 3.30pm local time today (1.30pm GMT), the region’s governor said.
In a clip posted to Telegram, Putin ally Roman Starovoit said several artillery shells hit the border checkpoint.
Mr Starovoit added: ‘Thank God no one was killed. I wish you all a good evening.’
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence did not make any comment on the alleged attack, which has not been verified by outside sources.
It would be the second strike on the Krupets checkpoint in two days, after Kyiv forces hit the border post around 8am yesterday.
An FSB secret service bureau in Bryansk was also struck by Ukrainian artillery on Friday, the region’s governor said.
AV Bogomaz wrote that no one was killed or injured by water and electricity grids were hit.
‘A tree fell under shelling at the cemetery’, Mr Bogomaz added.
Armed forces minister James Heappey said two weeks ago: ‘It is completely legitimate for Ukraine to be targeting in Russia’s depth in order to disrupt the logistics that, if they weren’t disrupted, would directly contribute to death and carnage on Ukrainian soil.
‘There are lots of countries around the world that operate kit that they have imported from other countries.
‘When those bits of kit are used we tend not to blame the country that manufactured it, you blame the country that fired it.’
The UK is supplying arms to Ukraine including the Starstreak missile system and Stormer vehicles needed to carry it.
Belgorod has been the most heavily targeted, with missile strikes and a helicopter raid targeting fuel and ammunition dumps.
A railway bridge was also targeted in the same region in what is widely suspected to have been a sabotage attack by Ukrainian special forces.
Belgorod is a key staging point for Russian forces heading to join the fight in Ukraine’s Donbas region, where a major offensive to seize the eastern part of Ukraine is underway.
The frequency of the attacks has caused fury within Russia, with the Kremlin threatening to step up attacks on ‘decision-making centres’ in Kyiv in retaliation – a thinly-veiled threat to target government and military headquarters.