The Russian authorities imposed on Monday the anti-terrorism regime in the region of Belgorodbordering Ukraine, after the alleged incursion by a group of enemy saboteurs, from which kyiv disassociated itself.
The measure includes temporary restrictions in order to guarantee the safety of the citizens of the region, as explained by its governor, Viacheslav Gladkov, on Telegram. Among other measures, industrial activities that require the use of explosives and radioactive, chemical and biological substances will be suspendedaccurate.
Furthermore, this regime grants powers to law enforcementallowing the application of measures such as the reinforcement of identity, vehicle and communications controls, as well as greater ease in carrying out “anti-terrorist” interventions.
“A group of saboteurs from the Armed Forces of Ukraine entered the territory of the Graivoron district. The Russian Armed Forces together with the Border Guard and the FSB (former KGB) adopt the measures necessary to liquidate the enemy”, he assured.
Earlier, Gladkov had reported that a woman and a man residing in the Glótovo village, also in the Graivoron district, were injured by a mine explosion and had to be hospitalized.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin was informed of the enemy raid. “We fully understand that the goal of these sabotage actions is to divert attention from the Bakhmut front and minimize the political effect of the loss of Artiomovsk (Russian name for Bakhmut) by the Ukrainian side,” Peskov was quoted as saying by the official Russian agency TASS. .
A representative of the Directorate of Military Intelligence of Ukraine assured the press that behind these attacks are two groups of Russian volunteers fighting against the Kremlin: Russian Volunteer Corps and Freedom for Russia Legion.
The main goal of these raids would be to create a “security zone” that would protect Ukrainian civilians from Russian bombing.
One of these groups of volunteers asked the population of Belgorod and other Russian border regions with Ukraine to “stay at home, do not resist and do not be scared.”
“We are not your enemies. Unlike Putin’s zombies, we do not harm civilians and we do not use them for our purposes”, says the message published on Telegram by the so-called “Freedom for Russia Legion”, whose channel has about 160,000 followers on that network. social.
According to the network, the group “totally liberated” a village in the Belgorod region and attacked a second town.
“The time has come to put an end to the Kremlin dictatorship,” said a man in a video broadcast by the chain who in December presented himself to AFP as “César”, spokesperson for the group. This man has been defined by the media as a former right-wing neo-Nazi, who in 2014 went over to the Ukrainian side. According to the Telegram network, the group “totally liberated” a village in the Belgorod region and attacked a second town.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Presidency disassociated itself from the incursion into the territory of the neighboring country.
“Ukraine is following the events in the Russian Belgorod region with interest and is studying a situation with which we have no direct relationship. As is known, tanks are sold in any Russian military market. After all, partisan units are made up of Russian citizens”, commented Mikhailo Podolyak, a Ukrainian presidential adviser, on Twitter.
In a written statement to Reuters, Podolyak added: “The Russian liberation movement can become something that contributes to the correct end of the war in Ukraine and significantly accelerates the onset of transformative events in the Russian political elite.”.
“The violent Russian resistance movement, whose architects are exclusively citizens of Russia itself, is gradually coming out of hiding. They are independent in their decisions, have some experience and are free from fear,” he added.
Users of Ukrainian social media regularly referred to what they called “Belgorod People’s Republic”, a nod to events in eastern Ukraine in 2014, when Russian-backed militias posing as rebels against the Kiev government declared “people’s republics” in the eastern Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk
(With information from EFE, Reuters and AFP)
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