The Russian Investigative Committee announced on Saturday that a Russian National Guard soldier died of his injuries in hospital after he and other Russian soldiers were attacked by unknown assailants. In a Telegram update, Russia’s Investigative Committee said it had launched a “criminal investigation” into the attack to identify the perpetrators who attacked Russian soldiers. RIC derided the incident as it condemned the attack which resulted in the death of the Russian serviceman.
“According to the information available to us, yesterday in the Sudzhansky district of the Kursk region, unidentified persons attacked the personnel of Rosgvardia,” the officials said in the message.
The incident happened about ten kilometers from the Russian-Ukrainian border
The armed assault on the Russian National Guard soldier took place in an area about ten kilometers from the Russian-Ukrainian border. It remains unclear whether the Russian investigative committee hinted at Ukrainian involvement. There have been several conflicting views on the incident on Russian Telegram channels about the incident. In one such statement, Russian channel Mash reported that members of the Russian National Guard Service attempted to stop a “suspicious-looking van” at a military checkpoint.
The occupants of the van opened fire on the soldiers. Reporters from another Russian news service, Baza, said the National Guard of the Russian Federation or Rosgvardiya were chasing gunmen in a forest. An intense gunfight ensued in which the Russian National Guard soldier was seriously injured. The armed assailants fled. The region has been on heightened terror alert since Russia invaded Ukraine and witnessed heavy shelling across the border and several sabotage attempts.
Kursk region governor Roman Starovoyt posted a video message on his own Telegram channel, saying that an operational search activity had started in the Sudzhansky district to catch the perpetrators. “If you notice any suspicious people or objects, please report it quickly to number 112,” he said. The incident happened after the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that it was withdrawing troops from two areas in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine, where a Ukrainian counter-offensive has made significant gains in Russian-occupied regions. “The Russian military these days is doing what it can do best – showing its back,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address. “And, of course, it’s a good decision for them to run.”