RUSSIA CLAIMS ITS REPELLING TERROR ATTACK ON SOUTHERN UKRAINIAN BORDER.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on March 2, 2023
Russia says it is fighting off a “terrorist attack” in the southern Bryansk region bordering Ukraine, where the local governor said a Ukrainian sabotage group had killed one person and news agencies said hostages had been taken.
Ukraine accused Russia of staging a false “provocation”.
Amid reports of shelling and sporadic sabotage, Russia’s border regions have become increasingly volatile since Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine a year ago in what it called a “special military operation”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told newsmen law enforcement agencies would determine who was responsible, and President Vladimir Putin was being briefed by security chiefs on the situation.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Twitter: “The story about (a) Ukrainian sabotage group in RF (Russian Federation) is a classic deliberate provocation.”
He said Russia “wants to scare its people to justify the attack on another country and the growing poverty after the year of war.”
Russia’s FSB security service said in a statement to Russian news agencies on Thursday that its own forces and the army were trying to liquidate what it described as “an armed group of Ukrainian nationalists” who had crossed the border.