Zelenskyy on Moscow hall attack: Putin's Accusations Against Ukraine Are Baseless

"They came to Ukraine, they are burning down our cities – and still trying to blame Ukraine."

by Sead Dedovic
Zelenskyy on Moscow hall attack: Putin's Accusations Against Ukraine Are Baseless
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy couldn't watch silently as Moscow blamed Ukraine for the terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall. In the terrorist attack, claimed by ISIL, at least 100 people were killed, and several others were injured.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, in his speech after this terrible act, emphasized that the attackers wanted to flee to Ukraine. His comments sparked outrage from Zelenskyy.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy immediately decided to react strongly following Putin's statement. The Ukrainian President could anticipate that the Russians would shift the blame onto Ukrainians. He is frustrated with the methods employed by the Russians throughout history. Zelenskyy believes that it is irresponsible to blame others for something they did not commit.

"What happened yesterday in Moscow is obviously something that Putin and other -------- are just trying to blame on someone else. They always have the same methods. This has happened before. There have been bombed houses, shootings and explosions. And they always blame others."- Zelenskyy said, as quoted by PRAVDA

The Ukrainian leader emphasized that the Russians initiated the war by entering their country and committing crimes. Zelenskyy fails to understand why the Russians blame others for their misdeeds. Furthermore, involving terrorists and other mercenaries in the war, Zelenskyy believes, speaks volumes about the Russians and their intentions. The Ukrainian President thinks that Putin's reaction should have been swift, but he is aware that the Russian leader wanted to strategize instead of addressing the Russian people immediately and calling for peace.

"They came to Ukraine, they are burning down our cities – and still trying to blame Ukraine. They torture and rape our people – again, they blame them. They have brought hundreds of thousands of their own terrorists here, to Ukrainian soil, to fight against us, and they don't care what happens inside their own country. Yesterday, all this happened, and this absolute nobody, Putin, instead of dealing with his Russian citizens, addressing them, was silent for a day – he was thinking about how to drag Ukraine into this. Everything is absolutely predictable."- he continued.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes that the Russian soldiers who died in Ukraine could have been individuals who would keep peace within Russia.

Zelenskyy emphasized that if Russians continue to passively observe such events within the country without questioning the actions of their special services, Putin will exploit such a situation to increase his power. Zelenskyy has repeatedly pointed out that the Russian leader seizes every opportunity to assert and demonstrate his power, not only to the citizens of Russia but to the whole world. The recent presidential elections in which Putin was re-elected as president, according to Zelenskyy, were irregular. The Ukrainian president points out that the elections were rigged and that the Russian leader will never give up his power. It is precisely the power he holds that drives such actions, such as the war in Ukraine.

Four men whom the Kremlin considers participants in the massacre at a concert in Moscow have been charged with terrorism after appearing in court, showing signs of severe beating.

Four convicts come from Tajikistan and are predicted to receive a sentence of life imprisonment. Certain videos have already appeared online showing Russian authorities interrogating the suspects, torturing them, and demanding answers to various questions. 

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev's reactions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised that the four convicts will be punished for this terrible act. Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, was even more brutal, demanding the death penalty for the perpetrators. 

Medvedev responded via Telegram to the question about whether the perpetrators of this act should be killed:

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev
Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev© Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images News

“They should. And they will. It is more important to kill everyone involved. Everyone. Those who paid. Those who sympathized. Those who helped. Kill them all.”- Medvedev wrote.

Medvedev reiterated Moscow's baseless claims implicating Ukraine in the concert hall attack, stating that the Ukrainian leadership should be “found and pitilessly destroyed like terrorists.”

It is certain that such statements by Medvedev also caused anger on the part of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has no particular sympathy for Medvedev. The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia is known for his controversial statements since the beginning of the war.

The videos confirmed what could be assumed; those accused of this act were supposed to receive a large sum of money for this deed. As we have already confirmed, ISIL has claimed responsibility, but some still do not believe that ISIL is truly responsible for this. We will certainly learn more details in the coming days or months. Hopefully, we will not witness such things in the future, and the war in Ukraine will finally come to an end.