The head of the Sumy region bordering Russia, Dmytro Żywycki, announced on Monday that Russian troops fired at Russian towns near the border with Ukraine. “Private houses, railroad and industrial plant were damaged,” he said.
“The Russians themselves confirm that private houses, a railway line and an industrial plant were damaged in Tiotkino (located on the border with Ukraine), the head of the Sumy Oblast reported on the Telegram channel.
The advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko, announced on Saturday evening that Russian troops were firing their own installations. According to the local government official, the occupiers attacked cells in Donetsk (on the territory of the self-proclaimed Moscow-controlled Donetsk People’s Republic) and then accused the Ukrainian side of it. However, “by the way” they turned off the signal of Russian TV stations.
“There was propaganda and there is no propaganda,” Andriushchenko wrote on social media.
Threat from attacks
The aggressor’s forces were forced out of the Chernihiv, Kiev, Sumy and Zhytomyr oblasts at the beginning of April. However, the threat from Russian attacks persists, especially in places in the Sumy region close to the Russian border. In mid-May, the authorities of this oblast informed about Russian sabotage groups trying to cross the border and break into the territory of Ukraine.
On May 18, the spokesman of the Ukrainian border guard, Andriy Demchenko, estimated that the Kremlin was maintaining its military groups near Ukraine and firing at border towns in order to bind Ukrainian forces and prevent them from moving to, for example, the attacked Donbas.
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