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Russian Volunteers Corps claims it has been controlling Novaya Tavolzhanka for 7 days

8 June, 2023 Thursday
00:28

The commander of the Russian Volunteer Corps said that there is no other authority in the village of Novaya Tavolzhanka, Belgorod region

The Russian Volunteer Corps reported this on Telegram. 

“The Russian Volunteer Corps has been in control of Novaya Tavolzhanka for 7 days now. There are no other authorities here,” the RVC commander said in a statement.

What is happening in the Belgorod region

On May 22, the Free Russia Legion and the Russian Volunteer Corps announced the liberation of Kozinka and Gora Podol in the Belgorod region of the Russian Federation and the entry of their advanced units into the city of Graivorona.

On June 2, the Russian Volunteers Corps and the Free Russia Legion launched a second offensive in the Belgorod region. This time, Russian partisans focused on the town of Shebekino.

On June 3, the 'legionnaires' accused Putin's troops of chaotic shelling of the Belgorod region and offered the residents of the region to evacuate to the interior of Ukraine.

“The border area in the Belgorod region is rapidly turning into a gray zone (on the part of the Russian Federation): abandoned houses, abandoned residents, complete absence of local administration and police representatives... The Russian Volunteers Corps is trying to gain a foothold in this suddenly formed gray zone in order to restore order later,” the RVC informed on June 3.

On the morning of June 4, volunteers reported fighting on the outskirts of Shebekino.

In the afternoon of June 4, the Russian Volunteer Corps and the Legion released a video featuring two captives who appealed to regional head Vyacheslav Gladkov, requesting him to come and retrieve the prisoners held by the army under Putin's control.

Gladkov responded and agreed to a meeting to collect the prisoners but suggested an alternate location.

Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate, believes that if Ukraine receives requests for a humanitarian corridor for residents of the Belgorod region, Ukraine will consider them.

On Wednesday, June 7, members of the Free Russia Legion announced that they consider Crimea to be a temporarily occupied part of Ukraine.

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