The Freedom of Russia Legion, in conjunction with the Russian Volunteer Corps or RVC, has reportedly “completely liberated” the settlement of Kozinka in Belgorod Oblast, Russia, a post on the Legion’s Telegram channel claimed on May 22.
“The advanced units have entered Grayvoron. We are moving forward. Russia will be free,” the Legion’s post read.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of Belgorod Oblast, confirmed there had been an armed incursion into the territory of the oblast’s Grayvoron District, referring to the volunteers as a “sabotage and reconnaissance group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
“The Russian Armed Forces, together with the Border Service, National Guard, and FSB, are taking the necessary measures to eliminate the enemy,” Gladkov wrote on Telegram.
The Freedom of Russia Legion is a unit within the Armed Forces of Ukraine, established in March 2022 to combat the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It comprises defectors from the Russian Armed Forces and other Russian volunteers who had not previously served in military units.
Previously, fighters from the Russian Volunteer Corps, who are engaged in combat against the Russian army in Ukraine, reported that they had once again infiltrated Russian territory. They released videos of themselves alongside signs displaying the names of settlements in Russian oblasts bordering Ukraine.
According to the videos, RVC volunteers are currently located in the settlements of Bezludovka (Belgorod Oblast, Russia), Churovichi (Bryansk Oblast, Russia), and Lyubimovka (Kursk Oblast, Russia).
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