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Drones hit Russia’s Belgorod region after incursion by pro-Ukraine forces

Rockets are launched towards Ukraine from Russia’s Belgorod region earlier in May. AP

Moscow says it is conducting counter-terrorism operation against sabotage group that entered from Ukraine

Drones struck a border region of Russia overnight, as Moscow forces pressed on with a “counter-terrorism operation” following one of the biggest cross-border incursions from Ukraine of the 15-month war.

The drones struck houses and a government building in Belgorod but did not result in any deaths or injuries, Vyacheslav Gladkov, the region’s governor, wrote on Telegram.

It came after Russia said its troops were battling a “sabotage” group that entered the region from Ukraine on Monday.

A Ukrainian presidential adviser said on Twitter on Monday that Kyiv was watching the situation but “has nothing to do with it”.

At least eight people were wounded and several buildings were damaged. Many residents left following the attack.

Russia introduced an “anti-terror regime” in Belgorod in response, a first since the start of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Mr Gladkov, who restricted movements and communications, said the anti-terrorist operation was continuing on Tuesday

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