‘Counter-terrorist’ operation concludes in Russia’s Belgorod Oblast
Soldiers of the Russian Volunteer Corps (Photo:Russian Volunteer Corps/Telegram)
One day after pro-Ukrainian units entered Belgorod Oblast and claimed to have “liberated” several settlements there, Moscow has ended the “counter-terrorist operation regime” in the region, Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said in a Telegram post on May 23.
"A decision has been made to cancel the counter-terrorist operation legal regime in the territory of the Belgorod Oblast," wrote Gladkov.
Russian Defense Ministry claimed to have eliminated 70 Russian insurgents in the region. The Russian Volunteer Corps (RVC), which took responsibility for the incursion, published a series of videos on Telegram, suggesting the insurgents likely remain on Russian soil.
Previously, the Freedom of Russia Legion announced that, together with the RVC, they had “completely liberated” the settlement of Kozinka in Belgorod Oblast, and also entered the town of Grayvoron, commencing its assault.
Ukrainian officials said Kyiv is aware of these developments, with no direct involvement in what they described as an “internal Russian matter.”
The local authorities declared a “counter-terrorism operation regime,” and according to Belgorod Oblast Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov, the majority of the Grayvoron district’s residents have evacuated.
The Freedom of Russia Legion is a unit within the Ukrainian Armed Forces, established in March 2022 to combat the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The RVC was formed in August 2022, and is not formally affiliated with the Ukrainian military.
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