NewsBelgorod under fire: Free Russia Legion and Ukrainian supporters launch strikes amid Russian elections

Belgorod under fire: Free Russia Legion and Ukrainian supporters launch strikes amid Russian elections

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accuses Ukraine of disrupting the elections
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accuses Ukraine of disrupting the elections
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5:33 AM EDT, March 17, 2024

For several days, Belgorod has been under heavy bombardment. Ukrainian support rebels, including members of the "Free Russia" Legion, have acknowledged their involvement. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accuses the Ukrainians, also suggesting they are trying to interfere with the ongoing Russian presidential elections.

Many statements from Russian media and officials contain elements of propaganda, part of the informational warfare waged by the Russian Federation.

Several hours before the latest incident, Russians fighting alongside Ukraine, including the "Free Russia" Legion, announced their plans to strike Belgorod at 11:00 AM Eastern Time.

"Attention! Dear residents of Belgorod and the surrounding region. Today at 11:00 AM Eastern Time, a significant strike on military targets in Belgorod will commence. We urge everyone who has not yet evacuated the area to immediately seek shelter. You should not have to serve as human shields for Putin's security forces. Prioritize your safety and that of your family" - was the message conveyed.

As specified, the assault on the city began at the announced time.

Russian Foreign Ministry comments on the attacks

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commented on the attacks in Belgorod. A statement posted on the ministry's official website highlights that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are attempting to disrupt the presidential election process as a demonstration of their efforts to the West.

"Clearly, in connection with the ongoing presidential elections in Russia, the corrupt regime in Kyiv has ramped up its terrorist activities, aiming to showcase its initiative to its Western patrons and to appeal for more financial support and lethal weaponry" - the statement explains.

The statement also warns that those behind the attacks will be identified and prosecuted.

"The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs vehemently condemns the heinous acts of the Kyiv regime against civilians and civilian structures. The constant bombardment of our civilian infrastructure by the Armed Forces of Ukraine seeks to undermine the civil population's ability to vote, instill fear, and deprive them of their voting rights" - the ministry stresses.

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