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'Everything changed': The war arrives on Russians' doorstep

By Valerie Hopkins and Anatoly Kurmanaev

04 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. War has come to the Russian border region of Belgorod, with shelling and explosions audible in the city of Belgorod and the town of Shebekino.

Over the last five days of May, Ruslan, an English teacher in a Russian town near the Ukrainian border, heard the distinct sound of a multiple rocket launcher strike for the first time. Shelling would begin around 3 a.m., sometimes shaking his house, and continue through the morning.

He had heard the thud of explosions in distant villages in the past, he said, and in October, shelling damaged a nearby shopping mall. But nothing like this.

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