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The “Russian Volunteer Corps” said it entered the village from the Bryansk region

Russian media and telegram channels report clashes in two villages in the Bryansk region on the border with Ukraine. It is alleged that sabotage and reconnaissance groups entered Ukrainian territory from the villages of Lyubechane and Sushany.

Videos appeared on social networks filmed in the village of Lyubechane, Bryansk region, against the backdrop of the local post office and the feldsher-obstetrics station. On them, people in camouflage uniforms claim that they are fighters of a certain corps of Russian volunteers who crossed the border from the Russian Federation in order to “liberate their native land.” They claim that they are fighting alongside Ukraine against Vladimir Putin’s regime and that they are not fighting civilians.

The Russian Volunteer Corps is said to be a combat unit of Russian emigrants as part of the International Legion of Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Ukrainian edition of Babel writes that one of the people in the video is Denis Nikitin, a Russian who is fighting alongside Ukraine.

babel says, that the operational command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is not aware of the incident in the Bryansk region. The command refused to answer the question of whether or not it was a provocation. Adviser to the Cabinet of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted that “the story of the Ukrainian DRGs in the Russian Federation is a classic provocation” and at the same time expressed the opinion that “the partisan movement in the Russian Federation is becoming more and more more aggressive.”

The FSB of Russia officially announced that “in the Klimovsky border district of the Bryansk region, measures are being taken to destroy armed Ukrainian nationalists who have violated the state border”. No other details are given.

There are many ambiguities in Russian media reports about what is happening, sometimes they contradict each other. Russian agencies TASS and RIA Novosti, citing law enforcement sources, reported that saboteurs took several people hostage in the village of Lyubechane, Klimovsky district, Bryansk region. Also, a number of Russian media claim that there is a battle in the village of Sushany.

At the same time, authorities in the Bryansk region deny both the hostage-taking and the bombing of a school bus, which some media reported earlier. They do, however, confirm the clashes in the village of Sushany. Governor of the region Alexander Bogomaz said a Ukrainian DRG entered the village of Lubechane and shot at a car, as a result of which a local resident was killed and a 10-year-old boy was injured . The village of Sushany, he said, was attacked from a drone.

According to “Base”, an electrical substation and a gas station exploded in Sushany. There is no official confirmation of this message.

Telegram channel “Attention, news” referring to local residents, he writes that there really was gunfire in the area, “the artillery was working and automatic bursts were heard”. It is also reported that “explosions were heard”.

The publication Nestka, citing sources, reported an emergency meeting of the Security Council of Russia, Mayak claims that such a meeting has not yet started, but will take place in the next few hours. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there would be no emergency meeting, the Security Council would convene for a meeting scheduled for tomorrow. At the same time, in connection with the events in the Bryansk region, Putin canceled a trip to the Stavropol Territory.

Authorities in the neighboring Kursk region reported that one person had been killed in the shelling on the Ukrainian side of the village of Tetkino. The Ukrainian military, as a rule, does not comment on the claims of the Russian authorities about the shelling of Russian territory.

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