The Belgorod region is a Russian region that was hit the hardest by the Kremlin's aggression in Ukraine. Rockets are fired at Kharkov in the evenings from here (and occasionally there’s return fire), and it’s a transit point for Russian troops before they are sent to the war zone. Residents of three villages near Belgorod had to be resettled because of shelling, and fortifications for firing positions appeared on roads in the border area. And as Ukrainian chat rooms are calling for avenging the strikes on Odessa and Kremenchuk, the residents of Belgorod are watching with anxiety, preparing for bombings and even for an invasion by the AFU. The shelling of Belgorod on July 3, with casualties and destruction, showed that such fears are not unfounded. The Insider reports on what life looks like on the Russian side of the border and what local residents think about the war, their governor, and their future.