The Russian authorities affirmed on Monday that a Ukrainian sabotage group entered the region of Belgorodbordering Ukraine, in the midst of a series of attacks on Russian territory.
“A sabotage and reconnaissance group of the Ukrainian army entered the Graivoron district”, indicated the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov.
This Russian district is 65 kilometers from the border with Ukraine, west of the city of Belgorod. The region is the most affected by fire from across the border since the start of the war in February 2022.
“The Russian armed forces, together with the border guards, the Rosgvardia (national guard) and the FSB (security services) carry out all necessary measures to liquidate the enemy”, Gladkov reported on Telegram.
AFP was unable to confirm these claims with an independent source.
In recent weeks, at a time when a major Ukrainian counter-offensive is shaping up, Russian territory has been the target of an increasing number of sabotage and attacks, which Moscow attributes to kyiv.
For its part, Ukraine denies any responsibility for the attacks or has refrained from commenting on the actions.
This is not the first time that Russia denounces the presence of a group of “saboteurs” in its territory.
In March, Moscow claimed that a group of Ukrainian “saboteurs” tried to enter its territory through the Bryansk border region.
Two weeks ago, a Ukrainian media reported that only in the first nine days of May there have been 14 explosions caused by drone attacks or sabotage actions against infrastructures located within the Russian Federation such as fuel depots and train tracks.
“In the first nine days of May, LIGA.net has counted 14 explosions caused (presumably) by drones or saboteurs,” writes the publication, which also explains that the figure is the same as the number of attacks that were recorded throughout the month of April. The most affected regions of Russia are Belgorod, with 11 explosions, and Bryansk, with 9. Both are located on the northern border with Ukraine.
The publication, which has produced an interactive map with the location of the alleged Ukrainian attacks inside Russia, counted 5 such incidents in March. LIGA.net relates this increase in the frequency of attacks to the preparations for the expected counteroffensive by Ukraine, which is focusing on hitting Russian infrastructure behind the front line, both in the occupied territories and inside Russia, to leave without supplies to his troops.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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