Five members of a Ukrainian sabotage group have been killed by Russian troops and FSB border guard forces after attempting to illegally cross the Russian border, the press service of Russia’s Southern Military District has announced.

Monday’s incident was at least the third time that the escalating conflict in the Donbass has spilled into Russia in the past 48 hours. Earlier in the day, the FSB reported that a projectile fired from the Ukrainian side destroyed a border patrol outpost in Rostov.

The development comes amid the continued escalation of fighting in the Donbass breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, which have reported intensified shelling, mortar fire, sniping, and sabotage attacks by Ukrainian forces.

The breakaways mobilized their reserves and announced an evacuation of the civilian populations to Russia on Friday. The latest incident was said to have taken place near the border between Ukraine and the Russian region of Rostov.

In order to detain the sabotage group, the FSB border patrol detachment requested reinforcements from a military unit from the Southern Military District allocated to provide operational cover of the state border.

During the firefight that ensued, two Ukrainian Armed Forces infantry fighting vehicles were said to have attempted to pick up the saboteurs but were destroyed by Russian Army forces using anti-tank weapons after crossing into Russia.

Earlier in the day, the press service of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s People’s Militia said that its troops were battling with Ukrainian forces on the outskirts of the town of Novoazovsk amid an alleged attempt by Kiev’s troops to reach the Russian border.

The Southern Military District’s press service did not elaborate on why the attempt to detain the saboteurs ended in bloodshed.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2022.

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Tim Elkins
Tim Elkins
22-02-22 11:38

There is a reason why Ukraine would attack Russia’s land. Think about it. Everyone has been saying Russia will invade Ukraine but it has not happened. Now the people saying this need Russia to invade or they look like liars or fools. So how can they get Russia to invade, by attacking Russia’s own land. That will most likely do it. I’m American and I love my country but I have no control over what my government decides to do. I keep a open mind and do NOT believe everything I hear without some evidence to back it up. I… Read more »

Reply to  Tim Elkins
22-02-22 11:43

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22-02-22 11:39

NATO has been advancing and pushing eastward since 1997. Former Warsaw Pact nations are now NATO members and NATO has gotten so close to Russia’s borders that Russia is pushed against a wall with nowhere to go. In addition, Russia is surrounded by military bases.. How do you think US or any other European nation would feel in such situation??? With offensive weapons in Poland and Romania? Do you think US would tolerate Russian nuclear missiles in Cuba???

Reply to  Johnnyb4ever
22-02-22 11:42

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