Ukrainian troops foiled a sabotage attempt from a Russian reconnaissance group in the northeastern region of Sumy on Friday, according to a spokesperson for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian forces "detected an attempt to infiltrate from (a) sabotage and reconnaissance group from Russia" which had crossed over the border into Sumy, spokesperson Andrii Demchenko told a Ukrainian telethon Saturday.
Sumy lies in the northeast of Ukraine, just 30 miles or so from the border with Russia.
Ukraine's forces managed to expose and fire upon the group who then "retreated behind the state border," Demchenko added.
"I would like to note that before the new year, for example, the enemy tried to actively use subversive reconnaissance groups on the border in Kharkiv region. This year, as we can see, they use a different direction — Sumy region," Demchenko said.
Belarusian border update: Demchenko also provided an update on the situation along Ukraine's border with Belarus, saying the situation is currently "under control" despite tensions caused by Minsk's close relationship with the Kremlin.
"So far, intelligence units and other components that monitor the situation in this area have not noticed the formation of a strike group on the territory of Belarus that could carry out an invasion. But the enemy should never be underestimated," he said.
Ukraine has been "preparing for any development of the situation" by reinforcing troops that will be ready "if the enemy enters our country in this direction, or if Belarus joins this full-scale war," the spokesperson added.