Attacks on the attacker: Moscow takes offense at the bombing of Ukraine

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Moscow takes offense at Ukraine bombings

“The Russians have huge problems to carry out the big offensive”

“The Russians have made minimal gains, but that’s not enough,” says WELT journalist Michael Wüllenweber of the big Russian offensive. From a Russian point of view, something is wrong. It is doubtful that the Russians are even capable of carrying out this offensive.

After invading Ukraine, Moscow complained of attacks on its territory. The clamor about this is enormous. Russians are now realizing for themselves at the borders what it means to be “demilitarized”, said Ukrainian presidential adviser Podoliak.

DThere is a great outcry in Russia, because in the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, their own territory would be more and more frequently targeted. The damage and number of injuries on Russian territory are small compared to the destruction of entire cities and thousands of deaths in Ukraine – but Moscow’s military leadership is now using the incidents as an opportunity to threaten kyiv with even more strikes harsh against the command centers of the Capital.

Ukraine generally denies allegations of targeting targets such as ammunition depots or fuel depots in the large neighboring country. Sometimes, however, the government of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confidently declares that Russia deserves nothing less. In the border areas, the Russians themselves now realize what it means to be “demilitarized”, for example, said presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak. Russian head of state Vladimir Putin also justified the invasion by wanting to disarm the country, which had been armed by the West.

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Addressing the Russians, Podoliak said: “If you decide to launch a massive attack on another country, kill everyone there en masse, crush peaceful people with tanks and use your camps in your areas for these murders, then sooner or later you will become yours Debts must be repaid.” This is an “absolutely natural process,” according to Selenskyj’s consultant. At the same time, he pointed out that there could be different reasons for destruction of Russian infrastructure.

Enter the airspace of a nuclear power

Last weekend, the governor of the Kursk region in western Russia, Roman Starovojt, complained about the shelling from the Ukrainian side. In the region, the alert level is yellow for terrorist danger. The Russian regions of Belgorod, Bryansk and Voronezh also repeatedly report incidents. This is also the case on Sunday, when a fire broke out at a Russian military installation near the border in the Belgorod region, according to Russian sources.

A successful gasoline depot in Belgorod, Russia

A successful gasoline depot in Belgorod, Russia

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In early April, images of a large fire at an oil storage facility near the city of Belgorod caused a stir. According to the Russians, two Ukrainian attack helicopters set fire to the depot. Videos of two helicopters flying at low altitude then circulated on the Internet. The unverifiable recordings also made many Russians wonder how such an intrusion into the airspace of nuclear power was even possible.

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Ukrainian Security Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov denied that Kyiv had anything to do with the burning oil storage facility. Recently, however, he threatened to destroy the Russian-built road and rail bridge to the Black Sea peninsula in Crimea. The Ukrainian army could hit the Crimean Bridge if given the chance. At the moment, the weapons are probably missing. But Danilov said clearly: “If the opportunity arises, we will definitely do it. The reaction from Moscow followed quickly: then the Ukrainian capital would become more of a target.

May 9 is highly anticipated

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov never misses an opportunity to remind kyiv that Russian missiles have very long ranges. He also complains of attempts at sabotage: the internal secret service FSB reports on several occasions the arrests of presumed Ukrainian nationalists who would have prepared attacks on Russian territory. Also, videos of suspects with allegedly self-made explosive devices are released. Ukraine rejects this as nonsense.

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But the alleged bombings of the neighboring country and reports from the FSB have many Russians worried that the war is spreading. Russia itself fuels these fears. Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov recently warned: “Arming the kyiv regime and sending in foreign mercenaries is irresponsible and extremely dangerous. Ukrainian nationalists could also use the weapons for retaliatory strikes.

These incidents on Russian soil — but also a possible defeat in Ukraine, which Moscow propagandists have sometimes talked about — are fueling fears that Putin could once again raise the bar. His speech at the traditional May 9 military parade in Moscow, with which Russia annually commemorates the victory over Hitler’s Germany in 1945, is eagerly awaited. In the West, too, there is speculation that the Kremlin boss could launch a major attack with the arms fair.

“If Putin orders a general mobilization for war with Ukraine on May 9 (the British press talks about it), then Russia and the Russians will be in a very shitty situation,” the opposition member wrote on Twitter and longtime deputy Gennady Gudkov. The West’s response would then be destructive. “Putin brings the country millions of graves and a disintegration of the Russian Federation.”

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