The Russian Ministry of Defense in a statement claims that the saboteurs who invaded yesterday in the Belgorod region were “excluded and exterminated” while those who remained were pushed into Ukrainian territory until their complete extermination.

In its regular briefing, the defense ministry said more than 70 militants were killed.

“During the anti-terrorist operation, the aviation and artillery and state border guard units of the Western military commandexcluded and exterminated the nationalists” stated in the announcement of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“The remnants of the nationalists were pushed back to the territory of Ukraine, where they continued to receive fire until their complete annihilation.”

“More than 70 Ukrainian terrorists, four armored fighting vehicles and five trucks were destroyed,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Russian Defense Ministry showed footage from the Belgorod region where it says Ukrainian fighters were destroyed.

Reuters was unable to verify the report.