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Raid in Russia’s Kursk and Belgorod oblasts may last until sham presidential ‘elections’ – Russian Freedom Legion

Soldiers of the Legion of Freedom of Russia in Tiotkino, Kursk region, Russia
Soldiers of the Legion of Freedom of Russia in Tiotkino, Kursk region, Russia

The raid in Russia’s Kursk and Belgorod oblasts could last for up to a week, potentially extending until the upcoming sham presidential ‘elections,’ according to Alexei Baranovsky, a representative of the Russian Freedom Legion, who spoke to NV on March 13.

“Last time in Belgorod Oblast, clashes of varying intensity lasted almost two weeks,” he said.

“So we’ll see. I think at least until the day of these ‘elections’ (of the Russian president between March 15 and 17), we won’t see peace in Kursk and Belgorod oblasts.”

The initiative now rests entirely with pro-Ukrainian Russian volunteers.

“The Russian Armed Forces did not anticipate such a bold offensive in multiple locations simultaneously, so they are still retreating and searching for a foothold in defense and a plan for their next steps. We have plans for different scenarios: Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, so we’ll see how things unfold.”

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On March 13, the Freedom of Russia Legion, the Russian Volunteer Corps, and the Siberian Battalion, comprising Russian citizens, announced strikes on military positions in Belgorod and Kursk, urging the population of these regions to evacuate immediately.

On March 12, these units crossed the border into Russia and announced the start of an operation to “liberate the Russian Federation from dictatorship.” According to preliminary data, it is taking place in the Belgorod and Kursk oblasts of the Russian Federation.

On the evening of March 12, the RVC announced a second entry into the Russian Federation to “bring closer the moment of death” to Putin and the entire “Kremlin regime.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported the “neutralization of 234 Ukrainian saboteurs” in the Belgorod and Kursk oblasts.

On March 12, the Russian Freedom Legion announced its control over part of the village of Tiotkino in Kursk Oblast, with the advance ongoing. The ASTRA Telegram channel, citing sources, reported that at least four Russian soldiers were killed, and nine others wounded in massive drone attacks and volunteer raids on March 12.

Read also: Pro-Ukrainian Russian fighters urge civilians to evacuate as they prepare to attack military positions in Belgorod and Kursk

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin referred to the volunteer raid in an interview with propagandists, labeling it an attempt to disrupt the “elections” in Russia and gain leverage in the upcoming peace talks.

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