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Anti-Putin Militias Launch Cross-Border Raid on Russia’s Belgorod from Ukraine

HeadlineMay 23, 2023

Russia’s war in Ukraine spilled back into Russian territory Monday as self-described anti-Kremlin Russian militias launched cross-border raids into the Belgorod region of southwestern Russia. Groups calling themselves the Russian Volunteer Corps and the Freedom of Russia Legion claimed to have captured the Russian border town of Kozinka and several others. This is an unnamed fighter with the group in a video released Monday.

Russian fighter: “We are Russians, just like you. We are people, just like you. We want our children to grow up in peace and be free people, so that they can travel, study and just be happy in a free country. But this has no place in today’s Putin’s Russia, rotten from corruption, lies, censorship, restrictions on freedoms, repressions.”

In a statement, Russian officials said they’d opened a terrorism investigation against anti-Kremlin militia fighters in Belgorod.

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