Another Russian region is reportedly under attack from anti-Putin troops after a blaze was seen ripping through a suspected military plant.
The inferno erupted at a facility in Bryansk just a day after Belgorod was stormed by freedom fighters.
Pictures showed smoke pouring from the building in Dyatkovo, a town only 118 miles from the border of Ukraine.
According to local media, the compound was used by a company called LLC NPP Alexander, a developer of optical parts and systems for space and military equipment.
The company is contracted out to the Kremlin’s defence ministry, it was reported.
It is unclear if the Bryansk region attack was caused by a drone, a GRAD missile or sabotage.
The massive inferno comes as Russia faced humiliating incursions by anti-Putin volunteer groups in Belgorod on Monday.
Dramatic footage claimed to show tanks storming the border town as well as drones unleashing terror along the frontier.
Moscow officials have since voiced deep concern over the armed incursion, which has forced civilians to flee.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, Belgorod’s governor, claimed civilians were evacuated from nine border villages in the region due to intense fighting.
Ukraine denied responsibility and said Russian citizens from two paramilitary groups were behind the incursion.
Mikhaylo Podolyak, a Ukrainian presidential advisor, suggested “guerrilla groups” could be responsible.
Podolyak said: “The only driving political force in a totalitarian country of tightened screws is always an armed guerrilla movement.”
No deaths have been confirmed in the fighting but a number of people are believed to have been injured.
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