NYT: Ukrainian Armed Forces did not take part in attack in Belgorod Region, but supported saboteurs
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) did not take part in the attack on the Belgorod region, but supported the saboteurs. This was reported by The New York Times on Tuesday, May 23, citing a Ukrainian official.
According to the newspaper’s source, the Ukrainian fighters mainly allegedly covered the border in case of a counterattack by the Russian Armed Forces, without entering Russian territory.
The source also confirmed that the sabotage and reconnaissance group (DRG) suffered losses, which, however, did not affect its combat efficiency.
According to the latest information, the Russian Freedom Legion (recognized as a terrorist organization and banned on the territory of the Russian Federation) and members of the Russian Volunteer Corps (RVC) have claimed responsibility for the incident.
On the morning of 22 May, the Ukrainian army shelled the Grayvoron district of the Belgorod region, and then saboteurs entered the district. On the same day, an anti-terrorist operation regime was imposed, which was cancelled on Tuesday.
According to the regional government, thirteen people were injured as a result of the attack by the Ukrainian DRG, and medical assistance is being provided to them.
Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov said on 23 May that the remnants of the saboteurs had been pushed back to Ukraine, where they continued to be hit until they were completely eliminated.
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