By pointing out on Wednesday what it claimed was the quiet this week over a deadly attack on the Crimean Bridge, the Kremlin accused the West of turning a blind eye to what it described as “terrorist attacks” carried out by Ukraine inside Russia.
A 14-year-old girl’s mother and father were slain on Monday while attempting to cross a bridge to begin a family vacation in Crimea, which Russia invaded from Ukraine in 2014.
Moscow said Ukraine had used naval drones to attack the bridge, which links Russia to the Crimean Peninsula.
Kyiv, which according to Ukrainian media reports was behind the attack but has not taken official responsibility, says Crimea is Ukrainian and that it intends to take it back by force as part of its drive to expel Russian troops from its territory.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow had not for the first time noted the failure of the West to condemn Ukraine for what he said was terrorism.
“The collective West is ready to turn a blind eye to any terrorist attacks that the ‘Kyiv regime’ organises in our country,” said Peskov.
“They do not shy away from any kind of silence. This is not news. It was like this before and it will continue to be like this. We understand that perfectly well,” he said.