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Russia Reportedly Opens New Front in Ukraine’s Northern Sumy Oblast

Chechen Special Forces With Former Wagner PMC Fighters Involved in the Offensive

Russian Chechen leader Ramzam Kadyrov has announced that Spetsnaz special forces have opened a new front in the war in Ukraine, and conquered the border village of Ryzhevka, in the Sumy region.

The reports are that the Ukrainian defenders suffered significant losses and would be retreating.

Ryzhevka, located on the border with Russia’s Kursk region, would be the first loss in Ukraine’s Sumy region.

Russian Federation assault squads reportedly broke through the Ukrainian border, activating the long-awaited (and much dreaded by Ukrainians) Sumy offensive.

Some geolocated posts in X seem to confirm this breakthrough, but Kiev is so far denying this, and the Russian Ministry of Defense hasn’t officially called it yet.

The Defense Post (with AFP) reported:

“Kadyrov said fighters from his Akhmat battalion ‘together with servicemen from other Russian units carried out tactical operations and liberated another settlement from the enemy’.

‘It is the village of Ryzhivka, which is on the border with the Kursk region’, the Chechen leader said in a post on Telegram.

‘As a result of large-scale planned offensive actions, the Ukrainian side suffered significant losses and was forced to retreat’, he added.”

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