MOSCOW (REUTERS) – Authorities in 4 Russian regions bordering Ukraine and in Russian-controlled Crimea introduced they had been stepping up security measures on Monday (April 11) over what they stated had been “possible provocations” from the Ukrainian facet.
Moscow, which despatched hundreds of troops into Ukraine in what it calls a “special military operation”, has accused Ukraine of concentrating on its border regions, together with by hanging a gas depot within the metropolis of Belgorod earlier this month.
The authorities within the Belgorod, Voronezh, Bryansk and Krasnodar regions and in Crimea stated they had been boosting security and urged residents to be extra vigilant. Another area bordering Ukraine, Kursk, was the primary to announce related measures on Sunday.
“During the special operation by Russian forces on the territory of Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, issues pertaining to anti-terrorist security have become more pressing due to possible provocations from Ukrainian nationalists,” stated Alexander Gusev, the governor of the Voronezh area, which shares a border with Ukraine’s Luhansk area.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the Belgorod area, stated it will implement further security measures till April 25 to counter what he referred to as terrorist threats. The area borders Ukraine’s Sumy, Kharkiv and Luhansk regions.
Gladkov stated the inhabitants ought to avoid crowded public locations, carry id paperwork on them, have an evacuation plan and pay particular consideration to strangers and strange autos close to residential buildings.
The Bryansk area, which shares a border with Ukraine’s Sumy and Chernihiv regions, stated it was additionally on alert for terrorist threats.
The governors of the Krasnodar area, throughout the Sea of Azov from jap Ukraine, and of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, stated they had been elevating “terrorism alerts” and would strengthen legislation enforcement in a number of districts.
On Sunday, the governor of the Kursk area, Roman Starovoit, stated police and navy officers would set up checkpoints, lower than every week after border guards allegedly got here below fireplace within the area.
Russia despatched tens of hundreds of troops into Ukraine on Feb 24 in what it referred to as a particular operation to degrade its southern neighbour’s navy capabilities and root out individuals it referred to as harmful nationalists.
Ukrainian forces have mounted stiff resistance and the West has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia in an effort to drive it to withdraw its forces.