On May 22, 2023, the Freedom of Russia Legion announced that, together with the Russian Volunteer Corps, they had liberated the village of Kozinka, Grayvoronsky District, Belgorod Region, Russia.
This is stated in the telegram channel of the Legion “Freedom of Russia”.
What does Freedom of Russia say?
“The Legion and the RDK completely liberated the settlement of Kozinka, Belgorod Region. Advance detachments entered Grayvoron. We move on. Russia will be free! For Russia! For freedom!” – the message says.
What do the Russian authorities say?
In turn, the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, announced that a sabotage and reconnaissance group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine entered the territory of the Graivoron urban district, which is part of the region.
“The armed forces of the Russian Federation, together with the border service, the Russian Guard, and the FSB, are taking the necessary measures to eliminate the enemy,” Gladkov wrote on his Telegram channel.
“Vladimir Putin has been informed of an attempted breakthrough in the Belgorod Region,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“The purpose of the attack is to divert attention from the Bakhmut direction and minimize the political effect of the loss of the city. Now work is underway to squeeze out the DRG from Russian territory and destroy it. There are enough forces and means for this,” Peskov added.
What the Russian media say
According to Baza telegram sources, DRGs are allegedly trying to retreat to the territory of Ukraine.
“Now there is a cleansing of disparate groups that did not have time to return to the territory of Ukraine. According to sources, their main goal was “photographs on the territory of Russia,” reports Baza.