Russia claims it crushes cross-border incursion from Ukraine

By Rek Hanibal Published on May 23, 2023
Russia claims it crushes cross-border incursion from Ukraine

Villages near the border were evacuated after coming under shellfire in one of the most significant cross-border raids since the start of Russia's invasion.

Russia says 70 attackers were killed and insists the fighters are Ukrainian.

But Kyiv has denied involvement, and two Russian paramilitary groups have said they were behind the incursion.

Monday's raid led Moscow to declare a counter-terrorism operation, giving the authorities special powers to clamp down on communications and people's movements.

The measures were only lifted on Tuesday afternoon, and even then, one of the paramilitary groups claimed it still controlled a "small, but our own piece of the Motherland".

The claims by the warring sides have not been independently verified, but any assaults on Russian soil make Nato leaders nervous, and the development could prove a mixed blessing for Kyiv. 

Rek Hanibal

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