The Ukrainian military said they had destroyed a surveillance tower in the Russian border region of Bryansk, using a drone.
“The reconnaissance forces of the KRAKEN special forces destroyed an autonomous Grenader surveillance tower in Bryansk region using a kamikaze drone,” the Ukrainian Defense Intelligence’s Kraken Unit said in a Telegram post on Monday.
The rare acknowledgment by Ukrainian forces comes after an incursion by Russian volunteers fighting for Ukraine into the same Russian region last week.
Russian security officials claimed that a small Ukrainian armed group had crossed the Russian border into the southern Bryansk region, allegations dismissed by Kyiv as a “classic deliberate provocation” by the Kremlin.
The Security Service of Russia (FSB) said in a statement via state media agency RIA Novosti on Thursday that the agency was carrying out operations following an “armed Ukrainian nationalists who violated the state border” in the district. President Vladimir Putin later described the incident as a terrorist attack, and a local official said two civilians were killed.
At the time, CNN could not independently verify the Russian claims, and local media had not carried any images of the supposed incidents, any type of confrontation or an alleged raid reported by Russian authorities.
CNN's Anna Chernova, Olga Voitovych, Nathan Hodge and Rob Picheta contributed to this post.