Putin hastily convened the Security Council after Ukrainians entered Russian territory and took hostages

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called an emergency meeting on Thursday after “Ukraine allegedly took hostages in Russia,” according to international media.

Vladimir Putin is expected to hold a meeting of Russia’s Security Council on Thursday about a group of alleged saboteurs in Ukraine who took Russia hostage, killed one person and injured a child.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the reported events in the region as a “terrorist attack”.

He says Putin briefed senior officials in the security agencies and the Russian defense minister on the situation.

Peskov denied reports that Putin planned to hold an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Thursday.

However, he mentioned that the council meeting will be held on Friday as usual.

Russia accuses Ukraine of holding hostages

A group of around 50 Ukrainians reportedly crossed the border into Russia’s Bryansk region. Daily Mail.

news agency, citing local emergency services RIA Several people were reportedly held hostage in a shop in the village of Lubezany, less than two kilometers from the Russian border with Ukraine.

Russia’s Federal Security Service told Russian news agencies that its forces and the military were trying to eliminate an “armed group of Ukrainian nationalists” who had infiltrated Russia.

Some military experts have already characterized the move as a “possible false flag operation” and a “disinformation campaign” from the Kremlin.

The governor of Bryansk, Alexander Bogomas, says the Ukrainians killed one person and wounded a child.

“Today, a Ukrainian subversive and reconnaissance group entered the village of Lubezani, Klimovsky district. The saboteurs opened fire on a moving car. As a result of the attack, one resident was killed and a 10-year-old child was injured,” Bogomas said on his Telegram channel. Metro.

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Several videos have surfaced online of “Russian Volunteer Forces” claiming responsibility for clashes in the Bryansk region of Russia.

Now in the civil war in Russia, several videos of “Russian Volunteer Forces” claiming responsibility for the clashes in the Bryansk region of Russia have surfaced online. https://t.co/aGbbvOLE6v pic.twitter.com/5O9uWLu0T5

— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) March 2, 2023

Kiev calls it an “action under false pretenses”.

Kiev says Moscow’s accusations of Ukrainian aggression on Russian territory are “deliberate provocation”.

Volodymyr Zelensky, a senior adviser to Ukraine’s president, says Russia is trying to justify an attack on another country. Daily Mail.

“(A) story about a Ukrainian sabotage group(…) is a classic deliberate provocation. (Russia) wants to terrorize its people to justify attacking another country and increase poverty after a year of war,” Mykhailo Podoliak wrote on Twitter.

?????? in RF The story of the sabotage team is a classic deliberate evocation. RF wants to terrorize its people to justify an attack on another country & increasing poverty after year of war. Partisan movement in RF is getting stronger and more aggressive. Fear your partisans…

— Mihail Podolyak (@Podolyak_M) March 2, 2023

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