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The conflict in Russia's western Belgorod region has entered its second day after a military incursion from Ukraine. Russia has accused Ukrainian armed groups of being responsible and has initiated a terrorism investigation.

Kyiv, on the other hand, has denied any involvement and claimed that the attackers are Russian citizens. Two groups, namely the Russian Volunteer Corps (RVC) and Freedom of Russia Legion, have claimed responsibility for the incident. Here's what we know about these groups.

The RVC was established last August by a far-right Russian national and consists of Russians who have been fighting in Ukraine against their own country. The group has also been active within Russian territory, claiming responsibility for a previous raid in March and the recent incursion into Belgorod. Ukrainian military intelligence identifies the RVC as an independent underground group operating within Russia and also having a unit in the Ukrainian Foreign Legion. However, the Foreign Legion denies any association with the RVC. In a video released by the RVC on Monday, two individuals claimed to have captured a Russian armoured personnel carrier. Reuters confirmed the identity of one of the men as Ilya Bogdanov, a Russian national who received Ukrainian citizenship in 2015 after fighting for Kyiv against Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine.

The Freedom of Russia Legion was formed in the spring of 2022 as a response to the desire of Russians to fight alongside the Ukrainian Armed Forces against what they call "Putin's armed gang." The group states that it collaborates with the Ukrainian armed forces and operates under Ukrainian command. They have taken responsibility for the attack in Belgorod and claim to have been involved in fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The spokesperson for the Ukrainian military intelligence agency stated on Monday that the attacks in Belgorod involved only Russian citizens, and their objective is to establish a "security zone" to protect Ukrainian civilians. However, the agency did not confirm or deny whether the forces operating there are part of a Ukrainian unit. As of now, the agency has not responded to requests for clarification.

The situation in the Belgorod region remains tense as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine escalates. With both sides blaming each other and armed groups being involved, the situation is complex and volatile.

The Russian Volunteer Corps (RVC) and Freedom of Russia Legion have emerged as key players in this ongoing conflict. The RVC, founded by a far-right Russian national, consists of Russians who have actively fought against their own country in Ukraine. This underground group operates both inside Russia and within the Ukrainian Foreign Legion. Despite claims by the Ukrainian military intelligence agency that the RVC is an independent entity, its connection to the Foreign Legion remains uncertain.

On the other hand, the Freedom of Russia Legion is a group formed by Russians who have joined forces with the Ukrainian Armed Forces to combat what they perceive as the oppressive regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin. With a stated mission to fight against "Putin's armed gang," this group operates under Ukrainian command and has taken responsibility for the attack in Belgorod.

Amidst the conflicting narratives and claims, it is essential to recognize that the situation is highly fluid, with information evolving rapidly. Accurate and verified information regarding the involvement of these groups and their connection to either Russia or Ukraine is crucial. However, it is evident that tensions are escalating, and both sides are grappling to gain control and protect their respective interests.

As the conflict unfolds, it is vital for international observers and diplomatic efforts to focus on de-escalation and finding a peaceful resolution. The repercussions of this conflict extend beyond the borders of Russia and Ukraine, affecting regional stability and global relations. Efforts must be made to engage in dialogue, promote understanding, and seek diplomatic solutions to avoid further escalation and human suffering.

The international community, including neighboring countries, regional powers, and global actors, must come together to facilitate negotiations and support a peaceful resolution. A diplomatic approach that takes into account the concerns and aspirations of all parties involved is crucial for finding a sustainable solution that respects the rights and security of all individuals affected by this conflict.

In these challenging times, it is imperative to prioritize human lives and seek avenues for peace rather than exacerbating the tensions and perpetuating the cycle of violence. The resolution of this conflict will require international cooperation, open communication, and a commitment to dialogue to address the underlying grievances and work towards a sustainable peace for the region.

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