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Russia vows to exact revenge on the US for its invasion of Crimea by Ukraine

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The Kremlin issued a stern accusation on Monday, squarely blaming the United States for an attack on Crimea using ATACMS missiles, resulting in casualties including two children killed and over a hundred fifty injured. This incident, according to Moscow, occurred in Sevastopol, a region annexed by Russia in 2014, despite international consensus recognizing it as part of Ukraine. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov conveyed Moscow’s formal warning to the US ambassador, citing potential retaliation in response.

Tensions between Russia and the West, exacerbated by the ongoing Ukraine conflict, have reached a critical point. Russian officials assert that this latest incident marks a dangerous escalation, accusing the US of direct involvement in military operations against Russian civilians.

The Kremlin’s stance was articulated vividly by Peskov, who questioned European and American governments about their role in what Russia perceives as attacks resulting in the deaths of Russian children. Meanwhile, Russian authorities displayed scenes of chaos from Sevastopol, illustrating the aftermath of the missile strike.

In response, the US has defended its support for Ukraine’s defense capabilities, emphasizing that Ukraine makes independent decisions on military operations. The Pentagon clarified that Ukraine does not intentionally target civilians, suggesting that intercepted missiles led to unintended casualties on the beach.

President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned of broader implications, invoking the specter of nuclear conflict while emphasizing Russia’s reluctance to engage in direct confrontation with NATO. Despite these warnings, Putin has also signaled strategic responses, including military drills involving tactical nuclear weapons and alliances with nations like North Korea.

The situation remains tense, with both sides poised for potential escalations as diplomatic tensions between Russia and Western powers, particularly the US, continue to shape global geopolitical dynamics.

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