March 15, 2024

Russian Ministry of Defense: Russian forces block Ukrainian attempt to attack Belgorod region inside Russia

Russian Defense Ministry

On 14 March 2024, the Russian Armed Forces, together with the border forces of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), thwarted another attempt launched by the Ukrainian Armed Forces to break through the territory of Belgorod region of the Russian Federation, this time near Kozinka.

▫️ At around 16:30 Moscow time, in order to achieve suddenness, a Ukrainian sabotage group of militants of special operations forces and foreign mercenaries on two Mi-8 helicopters, using the terrain features, landed up to 30 people on Ukrainian territory 1 km away from the State border of the Russian Federation.

▫️ After the landing, the sabotage group secretly moved towards the village of Kozinka (Belgorod region), located directly near the State border of the Russian Federation, where it entered several houses on its outskirts.

▫️ In an attempt to advance deeper into the settlement, the Ukrainian saboteurs were detected and stopped by units of the Russian Armed Forces together with the border forces of the Russian Federal Security Service.

▫️ Artillery fire, Army Aviation strikes, and aviation-guided bombs have engaged the enemy. To prevent the reserves from approaching, the terrain was remotely mined.

▫️ With significant losses, Ukrainian militants began retreating to the Ukrainian territory. A group of saboteurs attempted to gain a foothold in one of the houses on Republikanskaya Street, directly adjacent to the State border, where it was disabled by units of the Russian Armed Forces.

▫️ The remaining saboteurs who had retreated to Ukraine entered a mine field where they were eliminated.

▫️ At the same time, the Tornado MLRS neutralised an enemy group that had advanced to evacuate the wounded and killed Ukrainian saboteurs. The AFU losses amounted to over 50 people.

▫️ At present, the control over the settlement has been fully restored. The area where the sabotage and reconnaissance group was disabled has been mopped up.

▫️ In general, over the past three days from 12 to 14 March 2024, the troops of the Zapad Group of Forces of the Russian Federation together with the border forces of the Russian Federal Security Service have thwarted all attempts of Ukrainian militants to break through Belgorod and Kursk regions of the Russian Federation. Attacks launched by the AFU troops have been repelled.

▫️ The AFU losses amounted to more than 1,500 militants, with about 500 of them non-recoverable18 tanks and 23 armoured fighting vehicles have been neutralised.

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