During the night, several drones attacked the Russian region of Belgorod on the border with Ukraine, the governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, announced, adding that there were no dead or injured. The planes were shot down by anti-aircraft defenses, he said.
Drones hit houses and a government building, but did not cause any injuries or deaths, Gladkov wrote on Telegram, according to the French news agency AFP.
At the same time, he explained that it continues in the region “anti-terrorist operation” and for law enforcement to proceed “cleaning” territory on the border with Ukraine, in the district of Grajvoron.
According to him, during Monday’s evacuation from the area, one woman died and two people were injured, but Russian security forces were unable to reach them. He told the evacuated residents that it was still too early to return home, reports the German news agency DPA.
Gladkov announced on Monday that a group of saboteurs from Ukraine entered the Belgorod region and that eight people were wounded in the clashes. A legal counter-terrorism regime was then introduced in the region, giving security forces extensive powers such as identity checks, surveillance of communications and the possible evacuation of residents from affected areas.
The Freedom of Russia Legion, which describes itself as an anti-Kremlin militia, claimed responsibility for the attack. In a video posted by the group on Telegram, a masked representative explained that they had attacked two settlements. At the same time, he said: “Russia will be free!”, which is a slogan often heard among Russian opposition activists.
Since the beginning of the war, the Belgorod region on the border with Ukraine has been the target of shelling several times, in which several people were killed and wounded.