They annoy Putin in the Ukraine war: anti-Russia partisans are again attacking the Russian province of Belgorod. Twelve Russians were wounded.
Shebekino – Russian anti-Putin partisans reportedly attacked the city of Shebekino in Belgorod province this week. According to Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of Belgorod, twelve people have been wounded and 30 buildings damaged since Wednesday (29 May). Among them allegedly also a kindergarten. In addition, the Ukrainian military allegedly took a city in Russia near the border under artillery fire on Friday (2 June). This was reported by the British daily newspaper The Guardian. However, this information has not yet been independently verified.
Ukraine war: Partisans incite new skirmishes in Belgorod region
This means that the fighting in the Russian region of Belgorod does not stop, which is likely to further strain Vladimir Putin's nerves, but is likely to cause a positive response in Kiev. Thus, the anti-Putin partisans, led by a prominent Russian nationalist, are stationed in Ukraine. Officially, however, they are not under the command of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Ukraine war.
This photo is said to show a burning house in Shebekino, Russia, after an attack by anti-Putin partisans. It was published by the state-controlled news agency Tass. © Bogdan Sobolev
Anti-Putin partisans attack Shebekino in Belgorod: Counter-reaction to Russia's bombing
The partisans allegedly attacked an administrative building in Shebekino. Before firing a rocket at the building, however, they allowed Russia's forces to withdraw. According to The Guardian, the attack could be a response to the currently almost daily bombing raids on Kyiv by the Russians in the Ukraine war. In May alone, the city was attacked 17 times with a mixture of drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. Here, Moscow's main goal is to demoralize the population and deplete the ammunition supply of anti-aircraft defense.
Although the attacks by the anti-Putin partisans are not classified as militarily significant, they could still be a well-thought-out diversionary tactic. If the attacks continue, Putin could be forced to move some of his troops back to his own country. Which, in turn, would mean that the Russian military would be weakened in Ukraine's counteroffensive in the summer.
Kremlin responds to attacks by anti-Putin partisans on Belgorod: "terrorist formations"
In response to the attacks on Belgorod, the Kremlin said that President Vladimir Putin was well informed about what was happening. The Ministry of Defense also claims to have repelled the cross-border attacks on Shebekino and accuses Ukraine of using "terrorist formations". They are said to have carried out the "attacks" on Russian territory. (Jakob von Sass)