Nine people were hospitalized following drone attacks on Russia's southwestern Belgorod region overnight, its governor said Wednesday — a day after a group of anti-Putin Russians claimed to have launched an attack there.
Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov said Tuesday was "not a calm night" for Belgorod, which borders Ukraine, as cars, homes and buildings sustained damage in the drone attacks.
Gladkov said Russian air defenses had repelled "most" of the drones, however.
He added that 500 people were now in temporary accommodation centers across the region and power had still not been fully restored to some districts, including the town of Graivoron — the scene of an incursion Tuesday claimed by Russian volunteers aligned with Ukraine.
Russian region under fire: On Telegram Tuesday, the Freedom for Russia Legion called the attack on Belgorod a "peacekeeping operation."
It said the goal was to create a "demilitarized zone between Russia and Ukraine, to destroy the security forces that serve the Putin regime and to demonstrate to the people of Russia that it is possible to create pockets of resistance and successfully fight against the Putin regime."
“These goals of the operation were successfully achieved,” it said.