Russian authorities say fighting continued in many localities in border region of Belgorod near Ukraine.

Belgorod Governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov confirmed the clearing of the territory by the Ministry of Defence and other security structures.

He added that while there have been no civilian casualties so far, it was too early for residents to return, adding that a spy-and-sabotage squad had entered the area.

Fighting had broken out on Monday in the Grayvoron district, on the border with Ukraine.

Two volunteer corps, consisting of Russian citizens fighting on Kiev’s side in the war in Ukraine, claimed responsibility for the attack.

They said they wanted to create a de-militarised zone along the border, which is meant to prevent the Russian military from shelling Ukraine.

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