Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking an oil station in a Russian city with a helicopter.

If true, Russia has accused Ukraine of flying attack helicopters across the border to target an oil storage facility, marking the first incursion on Russian land since the war began.

Ukraine has not verified that it was the perpetrator of the strike, increasing concerns about Russian recklessness.

Early on Friday, April 1, two Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopters crossed the border at low altitude before firing rockets at an oil complex 25 miles from the border, according to a Russian governor in the border region of Belgorod.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, told Reuters that he couldn’t confirm or refute rumors of Ukrainian involvement in the strike because he didn’t have military information. A request for comment from the Ukrainian defense ministry has gone unanswered.

According to a number of notable Ukrainian pundits, the attack could be a “false flag” operation intended to justify Russian mobilization or sabotage negotiations.

Dmitri Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, fueled such rumors on Friday by saying the strike may stymie negotiations, though he stopped short of announcing any concrete response to the claimed attack.

“What has happened cannot be construed as establishing conducive conditions for the continuation of negotiations,” Peskov added.

On Friday, video released to social media appeared to show a helicopter strike with air-to-ground missiles followed by a massive fire at a factory in Belgorod, with flames rising dozens of meters into the air.

According to reports, the factory burned until lunchtime on Friday, with dozens of firefighters dispatched to put out the fire.

In other videos, helicopters from both Ukraine and Russia were seen flying in the area.

“The fire at the oil store was caused by an airstrike by two Ukrainian military helicopters that entered Russian territory at a low height,” said Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor. “There are no victims,” says the narrator.

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