Moscow stated that it was engaged in combat with a gang of saboteurs who had crossed into Russia’s Belgorod border region. On Monday, Ukraine refuted claims that it was participating in an incursion into Russian territory in response to this claim.
“Ukraine is watching the events in the Belgorod region of Russia with interest and is studying the situation, but it has nothing to do with it,” said Mikhaylo Podolyak, an advisor to the Ukrainian president. “But Ukraine has nothing to do with it.”
In the past, Ukraine has been alleged to have denied responsibility for a number of sabotage attacks that occurred on Russian soil.
Russia had previously stated that a gang of saboteurs had crossed the border from Ukraine into the Belgorod region, and that Russian military and operatives were currently attempting to “eliminate” them.
Podolyak hypothesized that “guerrilla groups” operating in Russian territory could be to blame.
“The only driving political force in a totalitarian country of tightened screws is always an armed guerrilla movement,” he stated. “This is the only political force that matters.”
“As you are aware, tanks are available for purchase at any military store in Russia, and the members of underground guerrilla groups are all Russian citizens.”
Russia has stated that Ukraine planned the incursion in order to “divert attention from Bakhmut” after Moscow claimed to have conquered the city over the weekend, but Kyiv refuted this assertion. Russia has stated that Ukraine planned the incursion.
The rumored incursion took place before Kyiv launched the counteroffensive that had been widely anticipated.