Putin called the incident in Bryansk a terrorist attack. According to him, "terrorists" entered the border area and opened fire on civilians.
“We saw that it was a civilian car, we saw that civilians and children were sitting there. <...> These are the people who set themselves the task of depriving us of historical memory, their history, their traditions, language,” he said.
Earlier, TASS reported that the saboteurs who entered the Bryansk region had already left the territory of the Russian Federation.
The Russian Volunteer Corps claimed responsibility for the attack in the Bryansk region, stating that the information about the taking of hostages (previously reported by the Russian media) was a lie, and all their actions were carried out in order to show compatriots that “there is hope that free Russian people with weapons in their hands can fight the regime.
The Important Stories publication also published a commentary by one of the fighters of the Russian Volunteer Corps, who, on condition of anonymity, told some details of what happened:
“I just came from there. There were 45 of us on this task. We went in, filmed, ambushed two BMPs. I didn't see any children. But there was one injured border guard. No hostages were taken."