According to Moscow, the Ukrainian army repeatedly bombs targets on Russian territory. Ukraine, on the other hand, rejects the blame, but actually has nothing against accidents there.
The uproar is great in Russia, because in the Russian aggressive war against Ukraine, their own territory would be shot from there more and more frequently. Damage and the number of wounded on Russian territory are minimal compared to the destruction of entire cities and thousands of deaths in Ukraine, but the Moscow military leadership is now using the incidents as an opportunity to threaten Kiev with even tougher attacks on the command centers in the capital.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj on Saturday during the visit of the Ukrainian border guards: Russia deserved nothing else. (Credit: xUkrainexPresidency / UkrainexPresix / ZUMA Press / imago images)
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 else. In the border areas, the Russians themselves are now realizing what it means to be “demilitarized”, said presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak, for example. Russian head of state Vladimir Putin also justified the invasion by wanting to disarm the country, which had been armed by the West.
The fire in the oil depot raises questions
Podoljak told the Russians: “If you decide to massively attack another country, kill everyone en masse, crush peaceful people with tanks and use your fields in your areas for these killings, sooner or later you will become yours, you will have to pay back the debts. ” This is an “absolutely natural process,” according to consultant Selenskyj. At the same time, he stressed that there could be several reasons for the destruction of the Russian infrastructure.
Over the weekend, the governor of the Kursk region in western Russia, Roman Starovojt, complained about the Ukrainian bombing. In the region, the alert level is yellow for the danger of terrorism. The collapse of a railway bridge was reported on Sunday. It was “sabotage”, wrote regional governor Roman Starovojt. The Russian regions of Belgorod, Bryansk and Voronezh also repeatedly report incidents.
In early April, images of a major fire at an oil depot near the city of Belgorod caused a particular 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 records also caused many Russians to wonder how such an intrusion into the airspace of nuclear energy was possible. From there Sunday a fire was also reported in a military facility.
Moscow complains about the attempts at sabotage
Ukrainian Security Council secretary Oleksiy Danilov denied that Kiev 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 strike the Crimean bridge if given the opportunity. Weapons are probably missing at the moment. But Danilov said clearly: “If the opportunity arises, we will certainly do it.” Moscow’s reaction followed promptly: then the Ukrainian capital would become more of a target.
Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the US (archive): “Accusing the Kiev regime with weapons and sending foreign mercenaries is irresponsible and highly dangerous”. (Source: Alexander Shcherbak / TASS / imago images)
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov never misses an opportunity to point out to Kiev that Russian missiles have a very long range. He also complains about the attempts at sabotage: the internal secret service FSB repeatedly reports arrests of suspected Ukrainian nationalists who are said to have prepared attacks on Russian territory. Additionally, videos are shown of suspects carrying alleged self-made explosive devices. Ukraine rejects this as nonsense.
West speculates on Putin’s May 9 speech
But suspected bombing from the neighboring country and FSB reports are causing many Russians to fear that the war may spread. Russia itself feeds such fears. US Ambassador Anatoly Antonov recently warned: “Arming the Kiev regime and sending foreign mercenaries is irresponsible and highly dangerous.” The weapons could end up in the hands of terrorists who come to Ukraine from all over the world. Ukrainian nationalists could also use weapons for retaliatory attacks.
These incidents on Russian soil – but also a possible defeat in Ukraine, which Moscow propagandists have sometimes discussed – fuel fears that Putin might up the ante again. His speech at the traditional May 9 military parade in Moscow, in which Russia annually commemorates Hitler’s victory over Germany in 1945, is highly anticipated. Even in the West it is speculated that the Kremlin boss could launch a major attack with the show of weapons.
“If Putin orders a general mobilization for the war with Ukraine on May 9 (the British press writes), then Russia and the Russians will find themselves in a shitty situation,” the opposition member and deputy wrote on Twitter. longtime Gennady Gudkov. The West’s response would then be destructive. “Putin brings millions of graves to the country and the disintegration of the Russian Federation”.