Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has accused the United States, Great Britain, and other NATO countries of bearing overall responsibility for the actions of the Kiev regime. In a statement made on her Telegram channel on Thursday, Zakharova claimed that the Western countries had “eliminated Ukraine’s legitimate authorities” and replaced them with “opportunists and bandits” who were given political cover, military support, and a sense of impunity.
Zakharova’s comments came just hours after the official Kremlin residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin was targeted in a drone strike, which was quickly disabled by Russian military and special services. Putin was unharmed, and the Kremlin described the incident as a “planned terrorist attack” and an attempted assassination of the head of state.
The Russian government has not yet identified who was behind the drone attack, but the incident has escalated tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which have been in a state of conflict since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. The Ukrainian government has denied involvement in the attack and has accused Russia of using it as a pretext for further aggression.
Zakharova’s statement is likely to further strain relations between Russia and the West, which have been deteriorating in recent years due to a range of issues, including Russia’s alleged interference in Western elections and its involvement in conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. The United States and other Western countries have imposed sanctions on Russia in response to its actions, and NATO has increased its military presence in Eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression.
The situation in Ukraine remains tense, with both sides accusing the other of escalating the conflict. The international community has called for calm and urged both Russia and Ukraine to engage in dialogue to resolve their differences peacefully. However, with tensions running high and the threat of further violence looming, the prospects for a peaceful resolution to the conflict remain uncertain.