The Russian Volunteer Force, which says it is fighting on Ukraine’s side, has “resumed combat operations” in the Bryansk region and says it has distributed leaflets to locals. Ukrainian Pravda.
A village in the Bryansk region of RussiaPhoto: Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP / Profimedia
Russian armed forces intercepted a group of 20 saboteurs inside Russian territory near the village of Sluchovsk in Pokharsk, Alexander Pokomas, governor of the Russian region of Brensk, writes in the Russian Interfax news agency, The Guardian reported.
According to the governor, units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, together with units of the border forces, defeated the “saboteurs” using guns.
The claims have not been independently verified.
Later, the Russian Volunteer Corps wrote in a telegram that Bogomas was lying.
The RVC “reconserved” the Bryansk region, where the militants were able to carry out “combat missions”, communicating with residents, handing out leaflets and “asking them to shelter during battles”.
As evidence, Russian volunteers released a video in which its fighters talk to residents of the village of Sluchovsk and conduct combat operations there.
This is not the first time that Russian volunteer forces have carried out missions here.
The Russian Volunteer Force, in a video posted online, showed the attack in the Russian region of Bryansk in early March.
“Armies of Russian volunteers entered the territory of the Russian Federation on March 2, believing that their countrymen have faith, that armed independent Russian people can fight against the regime,” the group said in its statement. According to the Telegraph account, the Ukrainska Pravda publication and the Union Press Agency.
The group says it did not open fire on civilians and unarmed people after Russian law enforcement said they clashed with a group of Ukrainian saboteurs in Bryansk on Thursday.
Oleksandr Bogomaz, the governor of Bryansk, said that Ukraine’s armed forces carried out drone strikes on targets in the regional capital on Monday night.
However, his statements about the war in Ukraine were met with skepticism by some neutral observers.
First, the city of Bryansk, where the Russian governor says the attack took place, may be beyond the range of most commercial drones, which the Ukrainian military uses to launch grenades and other improvised explosive devices.
Later, advanced models of commercial drones benefit from a thermal imaging camera, but at night, at long range and against urban centers (where the drone risks entanglement in high-voltage cables), such attacks are conducted. Many problems are of a technical nature.
A video released by Russia’s security service, the FSB, shows the aftermath of the attack, allegedly by a group of Russian volunteers fighting on Ukraine’s side.
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