“We are now completing a house-to-house inspection of the border villages and Hraivoron itself. Most of the population has left the area. We are helping those who are unable to do so with our vehicles, and those who are able to do so are leaving by personal vehicles” – Governor of Belgorod Vyacheslav Gladkov (22.05.2023)
“The situation in Russia’s Belgorod region intensifies. Governor Gladkov confirms a sabotage group has crossed from Ukraine into Russian territory, with most residents now evacuated. He claims that the current casualties stand at eight. In response, Belgorod has launched a “counter-terrorist operation.” Strict security measures are in place, including enhanced document verification and control of telecommunications. Amid tensions in Belgorod, Russia acts swiftly evacuating a strategic nuclear munitions depot, Belgorod-22. This pivotal move underscores the gravity of the situation on the ground” (Artur Rehi, 22.05.2023)
“The Free Russia Legion, made up of Russians fighting on the side of the Ukrainian Army, has crossed into Russia in the Belgorod region and has taken control of three settlements Kozinka, Glotove, Gora-Podil Heavy fighting is taking place for control of Greyvoron” (Visegrad 24, 22.05.2023).
The art of war isn’t an easy one and when you have started it… you never know how it will finish. Especially long after the moment of surprise and sudden attacks are over. The strategic enterprise of war becomes more important. The war in Ukraine that was supposed to last for three days are now over a year and few more months. The Russian Army was supposed to conquer Kyiv in three days and it never happened.
Now, after all this time… the Russians are getting a taste of their own medicine. It isn’t happening within Ukraine or that the defensive war is taking it’s toll. No, the war is now inside of Belgorod Oblast. Russian insurgency and militia are now targeting areas there.
The Free Russia Legion and Russian Volunteer Corps are the ones behind it. They are certainly seen as not only rebels, but terrorist. The Russians are calling them “Ukrainian” but these are Russians themselves. Meaning this is a new issue for Kremlin to solve. As they already stretched military in Ukraine. While they also have to fight and attack on its own soil now against their own.
We are now seeing two different militias fighting together for the same cause. A cause that is against the warfare of the Russian Federation. It is causing internal issues and the Kremlin must be shocked by this. However, when you start a war and the ramifications of that comes home. There are possibilities of rebellion and mutiny. That’s what is possibly happening here, but this could also be used to intensify and give more excuses for more harsh laws or forced subscriptions to the Russian Army.
This is how a war comes home. We have no idea how this will be played out, but it is striking. The strategic placement of the rebels and their plans are said out loud and clear. The Kremlin wasn’t prepared for this, because they counted on endless Z Patriots to stand guard. However, there are changes and the winds are turning in every direction.
Belgorod oblast will be in the spotlight for a long time. The rebel, militia or as the Russians say the “terrorist” will cause a stir and controversy in the hinterlands of the Federation. Nevertheless, it begs to question if others will follow their acts or if this will be a lonely crusade. Because if they are alone and not vastly supported. The fight will die down quickly. However, if more takes to arms and prolongs the agony. Then you have a new stalemate that will weaken the Russian army substantial and doing so from within. That will be very beneficial for Kyiv and the Defensive warfare of Ukraine.
When the smoke clears and the verdict is out. We will know more. The coin is yet to be tossed. What is certain is that the Russian leaders and Belgorod oblast wasn’t prepared for this. It is already talk of panic, fleeing and leaving the areas too. That shows what sort of ammo the rebels has and what they are capable of. It must hurt the pride of the mighty nation to see that…
Well, Putin didn’t see this one coming and his strategies in Ukraine haven’t worked. Now it is coming home. I wonder if he will use the same annihilation tactics at home, as he has done on every other battlefield under his reign. Peace.