Woman dies in evacuation mission from Russia’s Belgorod region. Governor says ‘mopping-up operation continues’ near Grayvoron

A woman born in 1941 died during the evacuation mission from the Grayvoron district in the Belgorod region, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov reported.

“She was on the bus with her son and daughter-in-law. My sincerest condolences to her family. We will do everything we need to help,” he wrote without clarifying how she died. The death is being investigated.

According to Gladkov, there are reports about two locals injured in the settlements where a “Ukrainian army sabotage and reconnaissance group” made an incursion but they can’t be reached yet.

“The mopping-up of the territory by the Defence Ministry and law enforcement agencies continues.”

“I am now appealing to residents of the Grayvoronsky district, thank you so much for temporarily leaving your homes but I would not recommend going back now,” Gladkov noted.

The governor said that no civilians died as of today. “All the necessary law enforcement efforts are underway. We are expecting the counter-terrorism operation which was announced yesterday to come to its conclusion,” he stressed.

On 22 May, the authorities claimed that “a Ukrainian army sabotage and reconnaissance group” made an incursion into the Grayvoronsky district, Belgorod region. It was reported that clashes broke out in border-adjacent settlements, while Ukrainian armoured vehicles arrived at the Grayvoron checkpoint. Ukraine said that the attack is carried out by the Freedom of Russia Legion and the Russian Volunteer Corps.

The local authorities noted that eight people had been injured in the attack, no civilians were killed. The “counter-terrorism operation” order was declared in the Belgorod region which bans dissemination of any information apart from the officially issued reports.

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