According to Russian media reports on the 22nd, Russia’s Belgorod Governor Gladkov posted on his social media that a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance team had entered the Greywo Dragon area. The city is 5 kilometres away from the Ukrainian border and has a population of about 6,000.
The Ukrainian army frequently bombards the area. Gladkov said, “The Russian Armed Forces and the Border Service, the National Guard, and the Federal Security Service are taking all necessary measures to annihilate the enemy.” On the same day, Russian President’s Press Secretary Peskov stated that Ukraine tried to divert attention by carrying out sabotage activities to minimise the political impact of the Kiev regime’s loss of control of Bakhmut. He said the situation had been reported to President Vladimir Putin.