Moscow. – Russia admitted yesterday that it is fighting a group of saboteurs supposedly from Ukraine in the Russian region of Belgorodwhere the authorities established a “Anti-Terrorism Regime” To protect civilians who have begun to be evacuated from the area.
This was reported by the Russian authorities “Sabotage and reconnaissance group” Coming from Ukraine, he entered the Graivoron district of the Belgorod region.
Explain this process Moscow’s obvious difficulties in ensuring the security of its borders In the regions bordering Ukraine, where an increasing number of attacks have been registered in recent weeks.
In response, the FSB (Security Services) set up a “legal anti-terrorism regime” in the region in the afternoon. It enables law enforcement agencies to enforce identity, vehicle and communications checks, and facilitates “counter-terrorism” interventions.
Kiev denies the charges and claims they are Russian anti-Putin militiamen.
Ukraine is watching with interest developments in the region Belgorod For Russia is studying the situation however It has nothing to do with it. As you know, tanks are sold in any Russian military store, and underground guerrilla groups are made up of Russian citizens,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolak posted on Twitter.
the Freedom for Russia Legion and the far-right group Russian volunteer corpstwo militant organizations of pro-Ukrainian Russians about whom little is known, They claimed responsibility for the raid.
Last summer, the militias agreed with a third armed group. Republican National Armyasked the former Russian deputy Ilya Ponomarevwho immigrated to Kiev since 2019 and became Ukrainian citizens, to represent them before foreign countries.
“It’s time to end the Kremlin dictatorship”, confirmed in a video broadcast by the series by a man who introduced himself in December as “Cesar”, the spokesman for the Legion Freedom for Russia group, identified by the media as a right-wing neo-Nazi, 2014 went on the side of Ukraine.
by series, The group “liberated the whole” of a village in the Belgorod region and attacked a second town.
For his part, he is Russian Volunteer Corps It claimed responsibility for a raid in the Russian province of Bryansk in early March.
Governor of the Belgorod region, Russia. Vyacheslav Gladkovit was reported that two people were wounded in shelling in the village of Glotovo and that there were three more wounded in Grivoron and one in Zamosti.
Videos that appeared on Russian and Ukrainian Telegram channels show battles that also involved tanks and a helicopter.
The Russian Armed Forces, together with the Border Guard, the Rosgvardia (National Guard) and the FSB (Security Services) They do all the necessary actions to eliminate the enemyGladkov wrote on Telegram.
The sources reported by Baza and Shot Telegram channels spoke of 39 deaths among the attackers, while several others could have been captured. The news that there is no official confirmation of it.
However, the governor said in the evening that the majority The residents of the border villages had fled their homes and announced the implementation of a special anti-terrorism regime in the region, which includes “temporary restrictions”.
The Volunteer Corps and the Freedom Corps of Russia have issued letters calling on residents near the border with Ukraine to “Do not resist and do not be afraid” and affirm that “freedom is near”.
However, For the Russian authorities, the Kiev troops launched an operation With the specific aim of “distracting attention” from the defeat at Bakhmut, the Kremlin spokesman charged, Dmitry Peskov.
Peskov added that the president is constantly monitoring the situation on the ground. Russian President Vladimir Putinwho is also scheduled to hold further talks in Moscow on Wednesday with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko.
The incursion comes after Russia claimed responsibility for seizing the ship over the weekend Bakhmuta town in eastern Ukraine that has been the scene of the fiercest and bloodiest battle since the conflict began in February 2022.
ukrainian president, Volodymyr ZelenskyHe denied that his forces had lost Bakhmut and stated that His army still held a small strip and was still pressing the Russian forces north and south of the city.
For its part, the Russian paramilitary group Wagner He stated that his forces planned to withdraw from Bakhmut between 25 May and 1 June to cede their positions to the regular army.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian authorities claimed to have – at least partially – repelled An unprecedented Russian air strike During the night, missiles and drones were launched at the city of Dnipro, in the center-east of the country.
According to the regional authorities, seven people were injured.
Dnipro Mayor, Boris FilatovHe said “There has never been a bombardment (against the city) with such intensity,” Since the beginning of the Russian offensive.
The Russian bombing also caused, according to the Ukrainian authorities, a temporary blackout at the nuclear power plant in Ukraine Zaporizhiathe largest factory in Europe occupied by the Russians since the beginning of the conflict.
This factory suffered several bombings This is the seventh time he has been left without the power grid.
The plant is currently shut down and does not produce electricity, but the plant needs power for its own needs, including cooling its six reactors.
In recent weeks, as a major Ukrainian counteroffensive is shaping up, Russian territory has been the target of a growing number of acts of sabotage and attacks, which Moscow attributes to Kiev and which Ukraine denies.
on the diplomatic level, Zelensky, attended The weekend of the G7 summit in Japan, As the countries of this group of the seven most advanced economies gave him new promises of shipments of military equipment.
ANSA agencies and Agence France-Presse