If Kiev continues attempts to carry out acts of sabotage or conventional attacks inside Russia, Moscow will attack Ukrainian decision-making centers in response, the Russian Defense Ministry warned yesterday, on April 13.
“We have seen attempts at sabotage and attacks by the Ukrainian military against facilities in Russian territory. If such attempts continue, the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces will strike at the decision-making centers, including Kiev – something we have so far refrained from,” explained spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov.
Earlier, on April 11, Russia declared a heightened terrorism alert in three regions bordering Ukraine – Bryansk, Kursk, and Belgorod – and several border municipalities in the regions of Krasnodar, Voronezh, and Crimea.
Air defenses in the Belgorod region have been very active over the past week, according to local media. Kiev first claimed and then denied an April 1 strike by two helicopters against a fuel depot south of the city of Belgorod, which caused extensive material damage.
Russian authorities are also investigating a March 29 rocket attack with at least three Tochka-U missiles fired from Ukraine at a military unit near Belgorod. The internationally banned cluster munitions injured eight Russian citizens and damaged 21 vehicles as well as some buildings.