Russia's Belgorod region — which borders northeastern Ukraine — is forming a militia, regional Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov said Tuesday.
“Literally from the very first days of the start of the special military operation, a large number of residents of the Belgorod region appealed with the need to start preparing and forming territorial defense or self-defense units. We made this decision,” Gladkov said on his Telegram account.
According to the statement, the so-called territorial defense units are formed from those who "for health reasons or within the limits of age cannot be called up, but have combat experience and a great desire, if necessary, to defend their home."
"Experienced instructors who have gone through a large number of wars and have combat experience are now conducting training and combat rallying of units on the territory of all border regions of the Belgorod region," Gladkov added.