Fear of counterattack is causing Russians to shell Sumy Oblast, says regional governor

7 June, 06:53 PM
Russian forces are firing in advance of what they believe to be a Ukrainian 
counterattack (Photo:Dmitry Zhivitsky/facebook.com)

Russian forces are firing in advance of what they believe to be a Ukrainian counterattack (Photo:Dmitry Zhivitsky/facebook.com)

Invading Russian forces are strengthening and reinforcing the Russian side of border in Sumy Oblast, because they’re afraid of Ukraine’s military and are conducting pre-emptive strikes, the Head of the Sumy Regional Military Ad-ministration, Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, said on Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty on June 7.

“First of all, it is their fear that there will be some kind of counterattack,” he explained.

“Perhaps this is to pull the defense forces away from the zone of active hostilities. But what we see is that they, for their part, are strengthening borders, digging in, and laying minefields. This suggests that they are also afraid of our military and, most likely, it is preemptive fire. They’re “testing” our firepower, but there is practically no return fire. Only a few times was there return fire.”

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According to Zhyvytskyi, despite the strengthening of the border, he does not believe Russia has forces in place for an offensive.

Russian invaders fired artillery and mortars at the town of Seredyna-Buda in Sumy Oblast on June 7.

The attacks were directed to a residential area and resulted in an injury to a resident, Zhyvytskyi said.

“Initially, it was a mortar shelling of the Seredyna-Buda community,” he noted.

“After that, the shelling began, from self-propelled artillery. Of the mortars, there were seven to eight rockets and five rockets from a self-propelled artillery mount. It was heavy artillery. As a result of the shelling, a fire broke out, several houses burned down, and outbuildings were damaged.”

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