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.