Bryansk governor says attempted invasion by saboteurs from Ukraine

Russian security forces have prevented a sabotage and reconnaissance group from Ukraine from entering the Bryansk Region, regional governor Aleksandr Bogomaz has said.

He specified that the attempted breakthrough took place near the village of Kurkovichi in Starodubsky municipal district. People were not hurt, but the shelling killed an animal of an agricultural enterprise. The production facilities and a car were also damaged.

According to Bogomaz, the invasion was stopped by joint efforts of the military, FSB border guards and Rosgvardia special forces. The Defense Ministry and other agencies did not comment on the situation.

The village of Kurkovichi is two kilometers from the border with the Chernihiv region of Ukraine. The Russian Volunteer Corps and the Freedom of Russia Legion fighting on the side of the AFU, which took responsibility for the past raids in the Bryansk and Belgorod regions, did not report any raids on Russian territory.

At the same time, on the morning of August 15, Lieutenant General Serhii Nayev, commander of the united forces of the AFU, reported an attempt by Russian sabotage groups to break into Chernihiv Region.

“The approach to the control strip from different sides of two armed groups of militants was noticed by a sentry observation post. A small arms fight ensued. <…> The enemy sabotage forces were hit by artillery fire”, the general said.

According to Nayev, the Russian DRGs consisted of five and seven men respectively. A counter-diversionary reserve with aerial surveillance units moved toward the state border to meet them. As a result, the saboteurs retreated in the opposite direction, “suffering losses in wounded and killed”, the general said.

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