Russia is facing an increasingly serious multi-domain security threat in its border regions, with losses of combat aircraft, improvised explosive device attacks on rail lines, and now direct partisan action, APA reports citing Intelligence Service of Defense Ministry of UK.
It is noted that Russia will almost certainly use these incidents to support the official narrative that it is the victim in the war.
Between 19 and 22 May 2023, Russian security forces highly likely clashed with partisans in at least three locations within Russia’s Belgorod Oblast, near the Ukrainian border, the information says.
"The identity of the partisans remains unconfirmed, but Russian anti-regime groups claimed responsibility".
"The most serious incident took place near the town of Grayvoran. As well as small-arms fire fights, there was an uptick in drone or indirect fire attacks near the incidents," says the Ministry.