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A team of Russian saboteurs were forced to flee in panic after coming fire from Ukrainian border guards.

The saboteurs were trying to cross into Ukraine’s northeastern Sumy region from Russia on Friday to carry out operations behind enemy lines.

Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, head of the Sumy region, said: “Yesterday, around 5 o’clock in the morning, a group of 6 people tried to move from the territory of the Russian Federation to the Yunakiv municipality.

“Our soldiers opened fire, and the enemy ran away.”

Russia was forced out of the region during a Ukrainian counteroffensive in April 2022.

Ever since, Putin’s army has shelled Ukrainian villages near the border in the region on a daily basis.

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A team of Russian saboteurs were forced to flee in panic (Image: Ukraine General Staff)

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Putin ally warns West that it risks a ‘global catastrophe’ in Ukraine

A key ally to Vladimir Putin has warned the West that it risks a “global catastrophe” if it continues to supply weapons to Ukraine that could threaten Russian territories.

His comments come in the wake of Germany’s refusal to equip Kyiv’s army with Leopard tanks.

Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s parliament, said such actions could unleash a nuclear war.

In a post to his Telegram channel, he wrote: “If Washington and NATO countries supply weapons that will be used to strike civilian cities and attempt to seize our territories, as they threaten, this will lead to retaliatory measures using more powerful weapons.

“Arguments that the nuclear powers have not previously used weapons of mass destruction in local conflicts are untenable.”

He added that this was because the US and NATO “did not face a situation where there was a threat to the security of their citizens and the territorial integrity of the country”.

Volodin with Vladimir Putin (Image: Getty)

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Ukraine partisans launch new devastating strikes as Putin struggles to contain insurgency

Ukrainian partisans launched a series of further devastating attacks on Russian officials in January, as occupation authorities continue to struggle to contain the insurgency.

Kyiv’s army of saboteurs have relentlessly attacked targets in Russia’s rear, spreading panic and fear among Putin’s administrators and troops.

The partisans have deployed a range of devices – from car bombings to carefully planned assassinations of collaborators – to create mayhem behind enemy lines.

The attacks have forced the Russians to divert precious resources away from the frontlines to help protect the rear areas.

One of the latest partisan strikes targeted a major Russian ammunition depot in Melitopol on January 8.

The Ukrainian Resistance Centre (URC) claimed Ukrainian saboteurs blew up Russian armaments that were being stored at the Hydromash factory in the Zaporizhian city.

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Ukrainian partisans launched a series of further devastating attacks (Image: Moscow Calling Telegram)

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