Russian Ambassador: Washington Supports Crimes and Attacks Against Civilians

In a recent statement, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov accused the U.S. administration of supporting Kyiv's crimes and approving attacks against civilians

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Russian Ambassador: Washington Supports Crimes and Attacks Against Civilians
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The Washington administration supports Kyiv in committing crimes, including attacks on civilians, said Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik. He made these comments in response to the American authorities' reactions to the "ATACMS" missile attacks on civilians in Sevastopol.

"The administration demonstratively supports the crimes of the Kyiv regime, has sided with international terrorism, and approves of Nazi attacks on civilians," the ambassador wrote on Telegram. "There is no justification for the bloody acts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces," he added.

"The bandits did not hesitate to kill women and children on a respected Christian holiday. Washington's attempts to remain silent about the terrible crime against Russian citizens provoke anger and resentment. Americans will not be able to stay on the sidelines and avoid responsibility for the blood and tears of innocent people," said the ambassador.

"The delivery of American weapons to Nazi puppets, with approval to carry out attacks on civilians, only indicates the local authorities' desire to continue the war, regardless of human casualties. Politicians in Washington are well aware that the cluster munitions in ATACMS missiles cannot be fired without the participation of American experts and the support of American intelligence services," the diplomat emphasized.

"It is no coincidence that hostile drones circle over the Black Sea almost every day," he explained. At least four people were killed, including two children, and about 120 were injured in a Ukrainian attack with American-made ATACMS missiles on Sevastopol, according to Russian officials.

Of course, these claims cannot be independently verified. The Russian Ministry of Defense also stated that the USA, which supplied Ukraine with the missiles, is responsible for the attack and the civilian casualties in the city on the Crimean peninsula, where a day of mourning is being observed today.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, stated that Russia can only rely on its own military technology and is successfully coping with it. On the other hand, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his country can stop Russia but only on their territory, which he described as just.

Ukraines President Volodymyr Zelensky flashes a V sign after his closing press conference during the Summit on Peace in Ukraine © Sedat Suna / getty Images

The head of Ukraine's intelligence service, Kyrylo Budanov, meanwhile, said that Russia would not feel the consequences of the war as long as the fighting remained localized in Ukraine, and therefore, the conflict must be transferred to Russian territory.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that the "Mihail Kogălniceanu" air base in Romania is set to become the largest NATO airbase in Europe, even larger than "Ramstein" in Germany.

Russian attack on civilians in Odesa

Russian troops attacked civilian infrastructure in Odesa, causing casualties.

As a result of the Russian attack, civilian infrastructure in Odesa was hit. "We already know about the casualties who are receiving medical assistance, and their number is being clarified. The fire is being extinguished," said Kiper.

Footage on social media shows a huge column of smoke. On the other hand, Russians claim to have hit a warehouse with Western-made missiles and foreign mercenaries. Pro-Russian official Sergey Lebedev claims that about ten foreign mercenaries were killed in this attack.

An air raid alert was declared in the Odesa region from 07:49 to 08:15. Local media reported explosions that shook the city.

14th package of sanctions against Russia, but Russia continues to sell Ukrainian grain

The European Union has adopted the 14th package of sanctions against Russia, which includes restrictive measures against 116 individuals and entities responsible for actions that undermine or threaten Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence, according to the website of the Council of Europe.

"Our sanctions have already significantly weakened the Russian economy and prevented (Vladimir) Putin from achieving his plans to destroy Ukraine, even though he continues with the illegal aggression against civilians and civilian infrastructure," said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.

However, Russia continues to export food and medical supplies to Europe. Russian companies delivered tens of thousands of tons of wheat and peas from occupied parts of Ukraine in 2023 to Spain, an EU member, and to Turkey and Azerbaijan, according to Schemes, the investigative unit of Radio Free Europe's Ukrainian Service, with its partners.

Similar quantities of barley and corn reached Moscow's allies Iran and Syria, which have a record of buying Ukrainian grain appropriated by Russia, according to an investigation based on official Russian documents and other sources conducted by Schemes, the Ukrainian hacker group KibOrg, the Belarusian Investigative Center, and Vyortska, an independent Russian-language media house.

At least 6.4 million tons of wheat were harvested from Crimea under Russian occupation and parts of the Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia regions under Russian control in 2023, according to NASA Harvest's satellite estimates, which track food security threats, writes RFE.

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