On the evening 26 April, residents of Russian-occupied cities in the area of Popasna, Luhansk Oblast, reported that Ukrainian artillery hit a Russian military facility in occupied Irmino about 20 kilometers from the front line.
The locals shared on social media videos of a large fire in Irmino accompanied by explosions:
Local sources report a fire and explosions at Russian ammunition depots in occupied Irmino, Luhansk Oblast, about 20 km from the closest Ukrainian positions.
— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) April 26, 2022
According to local reports on social media, two military facilities were hit in the town of Irmino, one being a storage of rockets for multiple rocket launchers and the other a base of self-propelled guns with an ammunition stockpile for them. Euromaidan Press couldn’t immediately confirm the role and the number of the facilities in question.
The fire and explosions in Irmino lasted for at least several hours:
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— ⚒️fivegolden⚒️ (@silentreader99) April 26, 2022
In its reports, the Ukrainian military usually mention its successful attacks on Russian facilities in the Ukrainian territory. However, at the time of writing this article, there was no official confirmation of the Ukrainian involvement in this attack, and the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces didn’t mention the fire in Irmino in the morning communique.
On the early morning of 27 April, Russia’s Belgorod Oblast governor Vyachrslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram that at about 03:35 EEST that a loud sound similar to an explosion woke him up, and while he was writing that message, he heard “three more explosions.” Local social media groups reported launches of air defense missiles.
At 04:41, Gladkov wrote that according to preliminary information, an ammunition depot was on fire near the village of Staraya Nelidovka, adding that there were no damage to residential buildings and no one was injured. This village is located not far from Belgorod and lies 20 km from the Ukrainian border.
A video showing the fire at the ammunition depot near Belgorod on 27 April 2022.
About 7 a.m. the Belgorod governor claimed that the “open conflagration has been liquidated.” However, Russian media reported at about 10:00 that fire and explosions continued at the Staraya Nelidovka ammunition depot.