Several attacks by drones on Monday night targeted homes and an administrative building in the Russian Belgorod region, which was targeted by an incursion by militants from Ukraine, according to the region’s governor, referring to contact Anti-Terrorism Operation.
The governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, reported on Telegram that the attacks, which took place in Grivoron, the capital of the region of the same name, and the village of Borisovka, didn’t result in any casualties.
In addition, the German intelligence service stated that there are no signs of weakness of Russian President Vladimir Putin, more than a year after the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The head of Germany’s foreign intelligence service, Bruno Kahl, said Monday at the Federal Academy for Security Policy in Berlin that there are no noticeable cracks in Putin’s system.
Kahl added that Russia is still in a position to “wage a war for the long haul” with newly recruited soldiers.
This also applies to armament and ammunition.
In response to a question about when exactly the German intelligence service knew that Russia would attack Ukraine, Kahl said, “About 14 days before the start of the war, we also detected phenomena that cannot be explained in any other way”.
Kahl rejected criticism that the intelligence services of the United States and Britain predicted the attack much earlier than the German intelligence service, saying that these intelligence services strongly predicted the possibility of war based on their observations.
In another context, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the talk of the Group of Seven about nuclear arsenals aims only to exert psychological, military and political pressure on Moscow and Beijing.
In the first-ever statement on denuclearization issued at a G7 summit, the group recently called on Russia and China to show greater transparency about their nuclear arsenals, following steps taken by the United States, Britain and France.
Commenting on this, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, an official in charge of arms control, said that the statement reflects the group’s anti-Russian and anti-China tone.
“One gets the impression that the West’s talk on the issue of the size of their nuclear arsenals has one goal, exerting psychological, military and political pressure on Russia and China,” the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website quoted Ryabkov as saying.
“It’s clear that behind this is a pathological desire to discredit our countries,” he added.
These statements come in the wake of angry positions from China and Russia regarding the G7 summit and statements related to each of them on a number of issues.
Moscow described the summit as an incubator for anti-Russian and anti-Chinese hysteria.