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The mysterious battle of Belgorod, explained

By Charlotte Lawson

25 May 2023 · 4 min read

  • Two groups of Russian nationals have taken credit for the attack on Belgorod, Russia, which left one person dead and eight injured.
  • Ukraine has denied responsibility for the attack, but may have played a "support role" in the operation.
  • The goal of the attack is to inspire other partisans and to keep the Kremlin and its allies on their toes, as well as to make President Putin spend his time, energy, and resources on fighting these two groups instead of attacking Ukraine.

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Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine took a surprising turn this week—into Russia. Even more shocking: The offensive looks to have been executed by Russian nationals allied with Ukrainian forces attempting to sow panic within Russia.

It may be working.

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