Anti-Putin Russians ‘blow up fuel and ammo depot inside occupied Ukraine’ as they widen their attacks following strikes in border regions
- The anti-Putin Freedom of Russia Legion claimed the strike in Zaitseve, Donetsk
- Group formed in spring 2022 to fight for Ukraine against ‘Putin’s armed gang’
Russians fighting Vladimir Putin claim to have blown up a fuel and ammunition depot inside occupied Ukraine as they widen their attacks following strikes in border regions.
The Freedom of Russia Legion – which was formed in spring 2022 to fight for Ukraine – claimed a mortar strike on the village of Zaitseve in the Donetsk region.
Dramatic drone footage captured the moment that the depot was transformed into a raging inferno as huge plumes of smoke billowed into the sky.
The anti-Putin group said the strike hit a depot where mines and shells were stashed by Russian forces. The Russian defence ministry did not comment on the attack.
The legion’s drone operators in the 1st UAV company and a mortar battery platoon were behind the strike.
It appears the group have widened their attacks after targeting border regions in recent months
Dramatic drone footage captured the moment the depot was transformed into a raging inferno as huge plumes of smoke billowed into the sky
The organisation, which consists of hundreds of Russian military volunteers, have until now targeted border Russian regions such as Belgorod and Kursk, but they appear to be widening their assaults on Putin’s army.
Ukrainian military intelligence said the attacks in Belgorod involved only Russian citizens and were designed to create a ‘security zone’ to protect Ukrainian civilians.
The Freedom of Russia Legion says it co-operates with the Ukrainian armed forces and operates under Ukrainian command. It’s goal is to free their country from tyranny.
In May, the Freedom of Russia Legion claimed responsibility for daring attacks on Belgorod along with another anti-Kremlin militia, the Russian Volunteer Corps.
Using armoured vehicles, small arms and a pair of tanks, they surged over the border from Ukraine’s Kharkiv region and took a string of urban settlements to occupy up to five miles of Russian soil.
They later launched a pair of drone attacks on FSB and Russian interior ministry buildings in Belgorod city, prompting regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov to order the evacuation of nine Russian towns and the Kremlin to admit ‘serious cause for concern’.
Russia’s defence ministry later claimed it had ‘wiped out’ the rebels, whom they refused to acknowledge as Russian and instead described as Ukrainian nationalists.
The Freedom of Russia Legion says it co-operates with the Ukrainian armed forces and operates under Ukrainian command
The anti-Putin group said that the strike hit a depot where mines and shells were stashed by Russian forces
Caesar, who has killed Russian soldiers on the battlefield, has been dubbed an extremist and a Nazi by Russian state media
The Freedom of Russia Legion – which was formed in spring 2022 to fight for Ukraine against ‘Putin’s armed gang’ – claimed a mortar strike on the village of Zaitseve in the Donetsk region
In an interview last month, the commander of the legion said it was planning other attacks as it sought to capitalise on the aborted uprising against Putin of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner mercenary force.
Caesar, a spokesman for the paramilitary group, told The Observer: ‘There will be a further surprise in the next month or so. It will be our third operation. After that there will be a fourth, and fifth. We have ambitious plans. We want to free all our territory.’
The legion carried out attacks in May and early June, occupying border villages near Belgorod. It took ten Russian soldiers captive but two members of the anti-Kremlin militia were killed.
Caesar, whose real name is Maximillian Andronnikov, has been dubbed an extremist and a Nazi by Russian state media.
Russian sources have warned he could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted in Russia.
Critics have labelled the legion as a PR project instigated by Ukraine’s intelligence chief, Kyrylo Budanov.
The attack on the depot comes after Ukrainian troops damaged two key bridges leading into Russian-occupied Crimea with ‘Storm Shadow missiles supplied by the UK’ yesterday.
The Chonhar bridge linking mainland Ukraine to Crimea was damaged and a small bridge across the Tonky Strait was also shelled.
Attacks by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s forces are making it increasingly hard for Putin’s invading army to get on and off the peninsula, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014.
The missile strikes came after Russia carried out three waves of attacks on Ukraine the night before.
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