Unexplained attacks inside Russian territory create prospect of wider conflict

A series of attacks inside Russian territory and unexplained explosions on Russian targets near the border with Ukraine have widened the scope of the conflict in recent weeks, highlighting Russian vulnerabilities in regions crucial to the resumption of Moscow’s offensive in eastern Ukraine.

Russian officials said last month that two Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopters entered Russian airspace flying low to evade air defenses and launched a missile attack on a fuel depot in the Russian region of Belgorod, a province in the west of the country, less than 20 miles from the war-ravaged Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.


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