The recent attack on Belgorod’s border region has caused tensions between Russia and Ukraine. The United States denies involvement in the incident and has made it clear that they do not support or encourage strikes inside Russia.
Despite Ukraine’s denial of involvement, the two-day incursion was the largest raid on Russian territory since the start of the war. The Kremlin released images of destroyed Western military vehicles, including US-made Humvees, which raised concerns about using US-supplied weapons.
However, the U.S. state department expressed skepticism about the veracity of these reports. Two anti-Putin paramilitary groups have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they were in control of a piece of Russian territory at one stage.
Moscow claims to have killed over 70 “Ukrainian nationalists.” Military analysts believe that this incursion could force the Kremlin to divert troops from the front lines as Kyiv prepares for a major counter-offensive and could deal Moscow a psychological blow.