Shrapnel holes cover the wall of a building in front of a Ukrainian flag in the Kharkiv region of north-eastern Ukraine. Photo: -/Ukrinform/dpa
The FSB said the Ukrainians were “liquidated” trying to cross the border in the Bryansk region. They were said to have had homemade explosive devices, foreign weapons and ammunition, and communication and navigation equipment with them in order to carry out terrorist attacks on Russian territory. Ukrainian media reported on Tuesday that the men were performing military duties against Russia’s war of aggression.
A soldier of the Ukrainian Armed Forces confirmed the death of his comrades in the Telegram news channel, whose names and photos he also published. However, he assumed that the men were killed by a mine explosion. According to the FSB, they were already killed on December 25.
For months, the Russian authorities have been complaining about attacks from the Ukrainian side in the area near the border, but also in the hinterland. The FSB now reports arrests of suspected saboteurs and terrorists in different parts of Russia on an almost daily basis. There is also repeated talk of drone attacks. But there are hardly any confirmations like this from the Ukrainian side. Again and again the attacks resulted in deaths, injuries and destruction.