Russian TV Host Questions U.K. and U.S. Role in Crimea Missile Strike
Russian TV host Sergey Mardan questions why Russia accused the U.K. and the U.S. of involvement in a missile strike on its naval base in Crimea. Mardan criticized the accusations and highlighted ongoing tension between Ukraine and Russia in the region, with attacks on military targets and disputed claims of casualties.
Russian TV Host Sergey Mardan Questions Accusations in Crimea Missile Strike
Sergey Mardan, a well-known Russian TV host aligned with President Putin, has questioned why Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused the U.K. and the U.S. of involvement in a missile strike on a Russian naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea. According to Miami Herald, the doubts of Sergey Mardan came after Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed that the attack had help from American and British experts and used NATO equipment.
The missile strike happened on September 22 during an increase in Ukrainian attacks on Russian military sites in Crimea, which Russia has controlled since 2014. Ukraine said they used missiles supplied by Britain and France, while Russia said they shot down five of the missiles. There was confusion about casualties, as Ukraine first claimed to have killed many Russian officers, but later, some appeared alive on Russian TV.
Sergey Mardan Questions Accusations, Highlighting Tensions with U.S. and UK, While Ukrainian Strikes Persist
Newsweek reported that Sergey Mardan criticized the logic behind Zakharova’s statements in a Telegram post, questioning why such allegations were made. He pointed out the potential gravity of an attack involving the U.S. and Great Britain, suggesting that it could warrant retaliatory strikes on various military facilities. Sergey Mardan also emphasized Moscow’s repeated claims that the U.S. and NATO allies have become entangled in the Ukraine conflict through arms supply and intelligence support.
Pro-Ukrainian outlet Nexta shared the comments of Sergey Mardan on Telegram, asserting that the Russian Foreign Ministry’s warlike rhetoric no longer carries weight in the eyes of the West. They highlighted that such statements only provoke condescension rather than fear. Newsweek has reached out to the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment on the matter.
In the backdrop of these developments, Kyiv’s forces continue to launch near-daily strikes against Russian military targets in Crimea. Recent actions have reportedly included the disabling of an S-400 air defense missile battery, as well as damage to a Russian landing ship and submarine. The situation remains fluid, with tensions in the region showing no signs of abating.