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"Yesterday, Russian border guards celebrated their professional holiday. The fighters of the Russian Volunteer Corps congratulated them by successfully crossing the 'holey' state border once again," one of the Russian militia groups fighting on Ukraine's side said on May 29.
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Russian troops hit the villages of Kozatske and Zolota Balka in Ukraine's southern Kherson Oblast on May 29, the regional administration reported. A 61-year-old man was killed in his house as a result of the Kozatske shelling, according to the report.
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Russia shelled two villages in the Kupiansk district of Kharkiv Oblast on May 29, injuring at least seven people, including the elderly, children, and a pregnant woman, Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported.
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Moldova’s President Maia Sandu warned against the dangers of Russian propaganda and disinformation in the country and proposed the creation of a new governmental body to counter this threat. The envisioned “Patriot Center” would coordinate and implement the state's strategy on combatting disinformation, Sandu said during a press conference on May 29.
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According to updated information by the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces, Russia launched 40 cruise missiles and 38 attack drones in the overnight attack. Ukraine’s air defense successfully intercepted 30 Shahed kamikaze drones and 36 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles, the General Staff wrote.
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Ukraine launched an attack on Russian positions in Russian-occupied Berdiansk in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia Oblast, the exiled local authorities reported on May 29. At least five strikes were allegedly conducted on the evening of May 28, the authorities said, while local Telegram channels reported explosions near the airport.

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Russian state media: 'Majority' of residents flee Belgorod Oblast villages along border

by The Kyiv Independent news desk May 23, 2023 12:47 AM 2 min read
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Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of Russia's Belgorod Oblast, told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti on May 22 that the "majority" of residents in the border villages of Russia's Belgorod Oblast, including the town of Grayvoron, have fled.  

"We are currently completing a house-to-house inspection of the bordering villages and the town of Grayvoron. The majority of the population has left the area. For those who don't have the means, we are assisting with transportation, and for those who have the means, they are leaving in their own vehicles," Gladkov said.

Gladkov announced a "counter-terrorism operation" in Belgorod Oblast amid reported attacks by Russian anti-government groups.

During such operations, Russian authorities may implement increased identification checks and law enforcement presence in public areas, enforce mandatory evacuations in specific regions, and temporarily close down industrial facilities that handle explosive, radioactive, chemical, or biological materials.

Earlier on May 22, the Russian Volunteer Corps, allegedly fighting on Ukraine's side, claimed its members conducted combat operations in the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine.

A similar group, the Freedom of Russia Legion, said it was "returning home" to Russia and urged Russian citizens not to oppose their arrival. Subsequently, the group reported capturing the settlements of Kozinka and Gora-Podol and starting an assault on the town of Grayvoron in Belgorod Oblast.

According to Gladkov, three people were injured in Grayvoron as a result of what he called an attack by a Ukrainian sabotage group. He previously claimed two people had been wounded in a strike on a village near Grayvoron.

The Kyiv Independent is unable to independently verify these claims.

Ukraine war latest: Russia says fighting ongoing within its borders
Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of Russia’s Belgorod Oblast, announced a “counter-terrorist operation” in the region on May 22 amid reported attacks by Russian anti-government groups. “The situation in the Grayvoron district remains tense, a sabotage and reconnaissance group entered the territory, the…

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