The tension continues around the Russian region of Belgorod


“The night was restless. There were a large number of drone strikes. The anti-aircraft defense took care of most of them,” Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on his Telegram channel.

According to Gladkov, the attack caused damage to cars, some houses and administrative buildings, but without causing casualties.

Hours before, the governor had assured that a drone dropped an explosive device in one of the streets of Belgorod.

According to images spread on social networks, the explosive device did not explode.

Moscow warns that it will respond with “extreme harshness” to new incursions

Last Monday, a group of more than 70 saboteurs, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, launched an armed raid using armored vehicles in the Belgorod region from Ukraine.

The action was taken over by groups of Russians fighting on the side of kyiv: the Russian Volunteer Corps and the Freedom for Russia Legion.

At least two Russian soldiers were killed and four others wounded in the attack, according to the Russian daily “Kommersant”.

For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that all Russian saboteurs had been annihilated, although the Russian Volunteer Corps (CVR), one of the two groups that participated in the raid, today denied having had any casualties.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned Ukraine today that it will respond “with extreme harshness” to future border incursions such as the one perpetrated on Monday.

“In the face of such actions by Ukrainian terrorists, we will also react quickly and very harshly,” Shoigu said when meeting with the Defense staff.

Ukraine expects a Russian withdrawal

However, the Belgorod raid may force Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine, according to kyiv.

Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said in an interview broadcast last night that Russia faces the dilemma of regrouping its forces to suppress the armed incursion of anti-Putin Russian volunteers in Belgorod or continue to send “all its forces” to the fronts of Ukraine.

“The Russians are faced with the question of regrouping their forces because they currently need it to calm the situation in the Belgorod region,” Malyar said in an interview with Ukrainska Pravda. “And right now they have sent all their forces to the Ukrainian fronts.”

The deputy minister, who once again denied Ukrainian involvement in the armed incursion into Belgorod, concluded that the citizens of the Russian Federation have assumed responsibility (for the incursion)” and that therefore “this can only be an internal matter” .-

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