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Pro-Ukrainian militias have reportedly penetrated Russian borders, initiating assaults in the Kursk and Belgorod regions as Russia gears up for its presidential elections in three days.

The Freedom of Russia Legion, under the leadership of former Russian Duma member Ilya Ponomarev, claimed responsibility for these attacks, describing them as a collaborative effort with the Russian Volunteer Corps and the Siberian Battalion. Despite Russia’s Ministry of Defense asserting that their forces had neutralized the threat early in the morning, the Legion insists that skirmishes are ongoing. The group also released drone footage showcasing their activities in the conflict zone. In response, Russian authorities have implemented measures like transitioning Kursk city schools to online learning.

Amidst these events, the strategic timing of the attacks to coincide with the upcoming Russian presidential elections has been highlighted. Critics argue this timing reflects an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the electoral process in Russia, framing it as a power consolidation effort by President Putin.

Coincidentally, Ukraine has escalated its drone operations, targeting energy facilities across Russia, including a significant refinery.


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