The shelling of Belgorod by the Ukrainian Armed Forces caused the cancellation of New Year’s events in Magadan, the mayor of the city, Yuri Grishan, announced this in his personal Telegram channel. According to him, after the incident, he considered it inappropriate to hold a holiday.
I express my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the shelling of Belgorod. I consider holding New Year’s events at midnight on Theater Square inappropriate. I think those who planned to launch fireworks should also support me,” Grishan wrote.
In turn, the mayor of Blagoveshchensk Oleg Imamaev also announced the cancellation of the holiday fireworks display in the city. Like his colleague, he considered the holiday inappropriate and invited the townspeople to celebrate the New Year with their families. At the same time, the mayor promised that there would still be fireworks in Blagoveshchensk, “including a victory salute in honor of our victory in this battle for Russia.”
On December 30, the Ukrainian Armed Forces launched a massive attack on the center of Belgorod. As a result, 21 people died and 110 were injured of varying degrees of severity. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Kyiv used Vilkha missiles in cluster ammunition and Czech-made Vampire MLRS rockets. The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under articles of murder, attempted murder, and deliberate destruction or damage to property.
Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev called the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ attack on Belgorod a “bloody crime.” Still, he assured that the Russian Armed Forces would not act in a mirror manner. According to him, the Ukrainian authorities, on the contrary, will be more convenient to ask for military assistance from the West if the Russian army turns the center of Kyiv into “something like the Gaza Strip.” He also wished strength to the families and friends of the deceased Russians.