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Russian anti-Putin fighters call for complete evacuation of Belgorod region, Russia's MoD claims mop-up of Kozinka

20 March, 2024 Wednesday

The Russian Volunteer Corps has called on the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, to evacuate all residents of the region, assuring that attacks on military targets will continue. Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry claims that Kozinka was allegedly mopped up

This is reported by the Russian Volunteer Corps.

"We suggest that residents of the Belgorod region think about where their taxes go and why the hapless managers from the Belgorod administration do not fulfill their direct functions, ignoring the situation," the corps wrote.

The pro-Ukrainian Russian volunteers called on the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, to completely evacuate the Belgorod region, emphasizing that attacks on military targets would continue.

At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Russian Armed Forces had allegedly completely cleared Kozinka of Ukrainian militants, TASS reported.

Gladkov wrote on Telegram channel that in the morning, the Graivoron district was allegedly "under massive shelling, including with the use of MLRS.”

According to him, two people were killed in the town and two more were wounded. He also said that the food unit in Graivoron was completely destroyed as a result of the alleged attacks, windows were smashed in 9 private houses, roofs, facades and fences were cut, and two more houses were half destroyed.

"In Golovchino village, the roof, facade and fence were damaged and windows in one household were smashed. In Kozynka village, one car was damaged as a result of a shell hit," added Gladkov.

Raids by Ukraine-based Russian military volunteers

On the morning of March 12, members of the Freedom of Russia Legion from the Russian-Ukrainian border announced that they were going to liberate Russia from dictator Vladimir Putin. Soldiers of the Siberian Battalion reported fierce fighting on Russian territory, and the Freedom of Russia claimed to have taken control of the village of Tetkino, Kursk region

Oleksiy Hetman, a reserve major of the National Guard of Ukraine and a veteran of the Russian-Ukrainian war, believes that the raid by the Freedom of Russia Legion is a challenge to Putin and his entourage. In his opinion, if at least one battalion of the Russian Federation goes over to the side of the Russians fighting against Putin, a chain reaction could start throughout the army.

On March 13, Russian volunteers continued their raid on Russian territory, calling on residents of the Kursk and Belgorod regions to evacuate.

Later, Alexei Baranovsky said that in the Kursk region, fighting was already taking place outside the village of Tetkino.

Yevhen Dykyi, a former platoon commander of the Aidar battalion, believes that Russians may move combat-ready units from the Kupyansk direction to the Kursk region.

On the morning of March 14, the Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukraine of allegedly attacking two regions with 14 drones. Later, Belgorod reported a second attack.

On March 14, a volunteer of the Freedom of Russia Legion, Alexei Baranovsky, said that the Russian army had moved reserves to Belgorod and Kursk regions and was actively trying to displace Russian volunteer units. The Freedom of Russia Legion warned the locals about the beginning of active attacks.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of trying to disrupt 'elections' in Russia and promised retaliation.

On March 16, the Russian Volunteer Corps denied fake information about the alleged destruction of the group. The RDC also said they captured more than two dozen Russian soldiers.

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