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Russia Ukraine War Latest News: Vladimir Putin Launches Terror Probe After Belgorod Attack

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Russian investigators said Tuesday they had launched a terrorism probe after a cross-border attack on Russia’s Belgorod region by what they called a Ukrainian armed group.

Kiev has denied involvement in the attack.

Clashes broke out on Monday in the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine.

Maryam Zakir Hussain23 May 2023 09:48

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Leaders from the US, Canada, Britain, Italy, France and Germany attended the summit in Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s home constituency in the western city, which was devastated by a US atomic bomb in August 1945.

“The G-7 reached consensus on the importance of the 77-year-old record of non-use of nuclear weapons and reaffirmed that there is no danger in nuclear war,” Kishida said amid growing fears of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons. There is no winner.” weapons in their war in Ukraine.

Maryam Zakir Hussain23 May 2023 09:16

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Ukrainian forces still control the southwestern edge of the city of Bakhmut and fighting in the city itself has subsided, Deputy Ukrainian Defense Minister Hanna Maliyar said on Tuesday.

He wrote on the Telegram messaging app that Kiev’s forces had made some progress “on the flanks north and south of Bakhmut” and that Russian forces, which say they have taken the city itself, were continuing to clear areas under their control. are put.

Maryam Zakir Hussain23 May 2023 08:50

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claims and counter-claims are flying over the eastern city between Moscow and Kiev, writes Kim Sengupta, But there is one undeniable fact – the death toll has been massive and the pain has been felt by those who have called this home

Maryam Zakir Hussain23 May 2023 08:35

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The Wagner Group, a private military company controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, cut its teeth in 2014 with deployments to Crimea and eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region and has since sent troops to multiple conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, Including the Syrian Civil War.

In Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Wagner has proved indispensable, but an apparent power struggle between the Kremlin and the outspoken Mr. Prigozhin has left the group’s wings clipped by Moscow.

Maryam Zakir Hussain23 May 2023 08:15

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Even if Russia and its mercenaries, the Wagner Group, did eventually capture the city, its loss would be neither the moral nor the strategic victory Russia desperately needed, writes kit macdonald

Maryam Zakir Hussain23 May 2023 07:55

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An unspecified number of drones have been shot down by anti-aircraft weapons in the Russian border region of Belgorod, the regional governor said today.

The region, which borders Ukraine, has been fighting since Monday after Russian authorities intercepted a Ukrainian “sabotage group” crossing the border.

Arpan RaiMay 23, 2023 07:38

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The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) said today that the Kremlin will almost certainly use incidents of security threats in border areas to support the official narrative.

The ministry pointed to a series of incidents between 19 and 22 May in which “Russian security forces clashed with partisans near the border with Ukraine in at least three locations within Russia’s Belgorod Oblast.”

The ministry said the identities of the radicals had not been confirmed, but that Russian anti-regime groups claimed responsibility.

It states that the most serious incident happened near the city of Greyvoran. “As well as small arms fire battles, there was an increase in drone or indirect fire attacks near the incidents. Russia has evacuated several villages and deployed additional security forces to the area.

It added, “Russia is facing an increasingly serious multi-sector security threat in its border areas, with the loss of fighter jets, improvised explosive device attacks on rail lines and now direct partisan actions.”

Arpan Rai23 May 2023 07:06

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The regional governor said this morning an “anti-terrorist operation” was continuing in the Russian border city of Belgorod.

He added that the Ministry of Defense and law enforcement agencies were continuing to “clean up” the area along the border with Ukraine.

Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on the Telegram messaging app, “On the situation in the Gravoron district: The cleaning of the area continues by the Ministry of Defense together with law enforcement agencies.”

“I now appeal to the residents of Gravoron district, who … have temporarily left their homes, it is not yet possible to return.”

The governor confirmed that a woman was killed and two people were reportedly injured during the evacuation yesterday but Russian security forces were not able to reach them.

Arpan Rai23 May 2023 06:28

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The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region has accused a Ukrainian “sabotage group” of entering the town of Gravoron, about three miles (five kilometers) from the Russia-Ukraine border.

Officials said anti-Kremlin militias have launched a cross-border offensive from Ukrainian territory – overrunning one Russian village and pushing into others.

He said the town also came under Ukrainian artillery fire.

Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov claimed that eight people were injured and that most residents had left the area but that the situation remained “tense”.

A GUR spokesman told Ukraine’s public broadcaster, Saspilne, that the two groups were conducting an operation in the Belgorod region to create a “security strip” to protect Ukrainian citizens. The spokesman said the infiltration was being carried out exclusively by Russian nationals.

Arpan Rai23 May 2023 06:22