RUS President Vladimir Putin on Thursday claimed that Ukrainian fighters had entered Russian territory and carried out a “terrorist attack”. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the National Security Council of Russia is to deal with the alleged incidents this Friday. The domestic secret service FSB spoke of a joint “special operation” with the army against “Ukrainian nationalists”. Russian politicians drew a comparison to attacks by Chechen terrorists in the 1990s.
According to reports from Russian media and the governor of the Bryansk region, Alexandr Bogomaz, a “Ukrainian sabotage group” opened fire on a car in the village of Lyubechane, killing two people. Putin said the attackers saw children in the car. Bogomaz wrote on Telegram about another attack with a drone.
The Ukrainian government denies the allegations. Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak wrote on his Telegram channel that Ukraine is not attacking Russia. The incident is “either a provocation from the Russian side, or Russian partisans are beginning to dismantle Putin’s regime.” The Ukrainian military and the Ukrainian secret service also stated that Ukraine had nothing to do with what happened.
A video was published on the Telegram channel of the “Russian Volunteer Corps”, in which Russians are fighting on the side of Ukraine against the Russian invaders, showing two men in military gear in front of a building that is the medical dispensary in Lyubechane should. One of the men says they came to Bryansk to show that the Russians could free themselves from Putin’s regime.
This news was also circulated by the Telegram channel of a group that claimed last summer to be behind an attack that killed the daughter of far-right Russian ideologue Alexandr Dugin near Moscow.