NewsZelensky refutes Moscow's accusations over Crocus Hall attack

Zelensky refutes Moscow's accusations over Crocus Hall attack

Attack in Russia. Zelensky reacts for the first time
Attack in Russia. Zelensky reacts for the first time
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4:14 AM EDT, March 24, 2024

Volodymyr Zelensky addressed, for the first time on Saturday evening, the terrorist attack at the Crocus concert hall near Moscow. "Clearly, regarding what happened yesterday, Putin and others are simply trying to shift the blame," stated the President of Ukraine.
Caution! Many claims of alleged Ukrainian attacks and war developments reported by Russian and Belarusian state media are likely false. These reports could be part of an information warfare campaign by the Russian Federation.

The latest figures released on Saturday by the Russian Investigative Committee indicate that the terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk, near Moscow, on Friday resulted in over 130 deaths. The Islamic State organization has claimed responsibility for the tragedy.

For hours, Russian propaganda has attempted to pin the attack on Kyiv, alleging that the attackers had plans to escape to Ukraine. Zelensky responded to these accusations on Saturday evening.
"Clearly, for what occurred yesterday, Putin and other villains are merely trying to find a scapegoat. Their tactics are always the same. This is not new; there have been bombings, executions, and explosions before. And they consistently blame others. They invade Ukraine, devastate our cities, and then try to point the finger at Ukraine," Zelensky remarked in his evening address.

US authorities have warned of potential attacks

In recent weeks, the US administration alerted Russian officials about a possible attack in Russia. "The US shared intelligence about a potential attack in Moscow in March," said Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, on Friday. The intelligence hinted at potential attacks during concerts.
"The theories concocted by the Russian intelligence services, suggesting Ukraine's involvement in the attack in Russia, are completely baseless and ludicrous," stated Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian president's office. The FSB had previously claimed that the terrorists fleeing were headed towards Ukraine and "had contacts on the Ukrainian side."
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs staunchly denies claims made by Russian officials linking Ukraine to the terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall. "We view such claims as a deliberate provocation orchestrated by the Kremlin," the Ministry said in a statement released late Friday night.

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