Kiev's Terrorist Attack on Kremlin Sets Dangerous Global Precedent
© Sputnik / Evgeny BiyatovPeople on the Floating Bridge in Zaryadye Park in Moscow.
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Two Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) approached Moscow's Kremlin, the official residence of the Russian president, and were downed through the use of electronic warfare equipment on May 3. The Russian leadership denounced the incident as a "terrorist act" and an attempt on the life of Vladimir Putin.
"This story is related to international terrorism," Alexander Mikhailov, head of the Bureau of Military-Political Analysis, told Sputnik.
"The fact is that Ukraine is already openly positioning itself as a terrorist state, which is covered up by the collective West, primarily by Washington and Brussels. And with such support, [the Kiev regime] calmly arranges such terrorist acts of sabotage, using the simplest and most modern method for this, that is, buying these products in the West and equipping them with the necessary amount of explosive, and then sending them on a particular course."
According to Mikhailov, the incident appears to be a Kiev PR stunt aimed at galvanizing the domestic audience in the absence of any achievements at the front line: Ukrainian authorities need a "nice picture" to generate some hype on social media.
"Most importantly, they are trying to show the collective West that this counteroffensive, funded by the West, is underway. It's just a multi-layered one. One of its stages is an attack on the Kremlin. But we are well aware that from a military point of view, everyone is safe and sound and no damage has been inflicted. And all this [fuss] is just a propaganda stunt," he said.
The Kiev regime has failed to produce any meaningful effect by this action, as per Lieutenant-General (ret.) Yevgeny Buzhinsky, chairman of PIR-Center think tank executive board and professor of economics who served as the Russian military’s top arms control negotiator from 2001 to 2009. There is no real effect because the drones were simply downed and that's it, Buzhinsky remarked.
"Today is May 3. Soon we will celebrate Victory Day [on May 9]. It's a significant event. Ukraine has shown by this that they can try to spoil this holiday for us. Is it possible," echoed Dmitry Kornev, a military expert and founder of the Military Russia portal.
However, "an information war is one thing, but, in fact, attacks on infrastructure are a completely different thing," stressed Buzhinsky.
Sputnik's interlocutors believe that Russia should raise the issue at the highest level, informing the international community that the recent terrorist attack in Moscow has created a dangerous precedent for all global players.
"It is necessary to inform the other side and, above all, Washington, that [drones] may soon fly to the White House too," said Mikhailov. "This is a very serious matter. It is related to international terrorism and those who are covering it up."
Mikhailov does not rule out that the collective West would try to play down the incident or turn a blind eye to the terrorist attack altogether. That's why Russia needs to discuss the matter with its numerous partners and key powers, as well as with BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and other international entities, according to the expert.
"We should explain: 'Tomorrow they will arrange sabotages in Beijing, in Delhi, in other states, in other developed economies of the world,' because those who want to maintain their dominance feel that they are falling down; so they are clinging to power, they have already resorted to the meanest methods, pulling the strings of these satellites and their other subordinate states," Mikhailov said.
Sabotage Ops Record
The Kiev regime and NATO members have a record of false flag and sabotage ops. Earlier this year, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh reported that the September 2022 sabotage attack on Russia's Nord Stream infrastructure in the Baltic Sea was conducted by US and Norwegian operatives at the request of the Biden administration.
The US denied involvement in the destruction of the natural gas pipelines, with the American mainstream press trying to pin the blame on some pro-Ukrainian group that conducted the sophisticated sabotage operation from a pleasure yacht. Later, the US press noted that European officials "have been whispering about the potential involvement of the Polish or Ukrainian government in the attack." Kiev and Warsaw vehemently rejected the allegations.
At the same time, the US tried to distance itself from the Kiev regime's most odious terrorist operations against Russian citizens and civilian infrastructure.
While chastising the Kiev regime for unilateral operations "unnerving" the White House, the US press particularly cited a strike in early August on Russia’s Saki Air Base on the western coast of Crimea, a bombing attack on the Crimean Bridge, December drone strikes against Russian military bases in Ryazan and Engels, and an August car bomb that killed Daria Dugina, the daughter of Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin. The US media lamented the fact that Kiev is "not always transparent with their American counterparts about their military operations," which "have frustrated US officials."
It is still unclear how the Western leadership will react to the latest attack on the Kremlin, according to Sputnik's interlocutors. Still, they insist on some sort of response to the attempted terrorist operation. "We must respond to that," said Buzhinsky.
As per Kornev, the reaction could be not a military but an asymmetric one. At the same time, he has drawn attention to the fact that Russia is well aware of "all the targets on the territory of Ukraine, we know where the command posts are."
"It is clear that it will be impossible to destroy all of them at the same time, but there may be retaliatory measures," the military analyst concluded.