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The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region ordered schools to operate remotely from Monday as the Ukrainian army’s counteroffensive moved closer to the border.

Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Sunday that dozens of homes and recreation areas were damaged by Ukrainian artillery.

The United States sent long-range artillery to Ukraine on the condition that it not be used to bombard Russian towns and villages. But Ukrainian troops got close enough to the Russian border to reach these towns with their own equipment.

“I have decided that from tomorrow schools in the Belgorod district in an area of ​​10 kilometers along the border will be transferred to distance learning,” Gladkov said in a post on social media. VK.

The post drew many responses from locals urging Gladkov to create a volunteer battalion to provide protection, including mining the border.

“Why have other regions of the country started to self-mobilise, while our region, regularly bombarded, having the largest border with the enemy, hesitates?” writes Andrey Rozenberg. “Self-defense detachments must be created.

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Pope’s envoy shot dead in Ukraine

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, envoy of Pope Francis, was shot dead while delivering humanitarian aid on behalf of Pope Francis near the Ukrainian town of Zaporizhzhia, the Vatican has announced. Krajewski emerged “unscathed and continues his mission,” the Vatican News Service reported.

The cardinal received his episcopal ordination on September 17, 2013 in St. Peter’s Basilica in a ceremony attended by Pope Francis. On the anniversary, Krajewski said he was working near the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, with a Catholic bishop, a Protestant bishop and a Ukrainian soldier. With their help, he said he loaded up his minibus with supplies and drove to the front lines – where “no one but the soldiers enters anymore” because of the heavy gunfire, he said. The group came under small arms fire, he said, and took cover.

“For the first time in my life, I didn’t know where to run,” he told Vatican News. “It is not enough to run. You have to know where to go. »

Eventually the shooting stopped and the group continued to help.

Russian singer asks to be added to list of foreign agents

Popular Russian singer Alla Pugacheva said on Sunday that she wanted to be placed on Russia’s list of foreign agents in solidarity with her husband. His post on instagram comes after Pugacheva’s husband, singer and TV presenter Maxim Galkin was added to the register of foreign agents by the Justice Ministry on Saturday. Galkin, who has criticized Russia for sending troops to Ukraine, is accused of carrying out political activities on behalf of Ukraine and receiving Ukrainian funds. Galkin replied that he made money in Ukraine on a comedy show years ago.

“The justification for the decision is that I would allegedly receive funds from Ukraine, with which I carry out political activities,” he said on Instagram. “First of all, I don’t do political activities. On stage during my concerts, I do humor and political satire, as I have done for 28 years.”

Contributor: The Associated Press

Children look out of a car window as they and other refugees from Ukraine's Kharkiv region arrive at a temporary camp in Belgorod, Russia, Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Thousands of people have fled northeastern Ukraine to Russia amid the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the region.

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