A Kremlin spokesperson has dismissed claims made by an aide of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky that Western nations support efforts to “destroy everything Russian” in Crimea. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson, stated that such claims are merely wishful thinking on the part of the Kiev regime. Peskov went on to suggest that there is a “clash of points of view” among officials regarding the acceptable level of involvement from the US and its allies in targeting Crimea, as they are aware of the potential drawbacks of this policy.
The aide, Mikhail Podoliak, had alleged that Western nations were increasingly supportive of the way the Ukrainian government was attacking Russian targets. He further claimed that attacks on Moscow and other Russian locations by “unknown drones” would be escalated. However, Ukrainian officials have not taken credit for these drone raids, which Moscow has blamed on Kiev’s forces. Zelensky himself stated in a recent interview that if the armed conflict were to spill over into territory recognized as Russia by Kiev and its supporters, Ukraine would be “left alone.”
It is worth noting that according to The Economist, Ukrainian drone attacks are partly a part of Kiev’s psychological warfare strategy and reflect competition among Ukrainian drone operators for funding.
While the claims made by Podoliak may reflect the Ukrainian government’s desire to involve Western nations further in the conflict with Russia, Peskov’s comments suggest that such support may not be as forthcoming as Ukraine hopes. The Kremlin spokesperson’s remarks highlight that there are differing views on the involvement of Western nations in targeting Crimea, with some officials recognizing the potential drawbacks of escalating the conflict. This indicates that there may not be a consensus among the countries that supposedly support Ukraine in destroying everything Russian in the occupied territories.
In conclusion, the claim made by the Zelensky aide regarding Western support for destroying everything Russian in Crimea is deemed wishful thinking by the Kremlin spokesperson. The spokesperson points out that there is a clash of viewpoints among officials regarding the level of involvement from the US and its allies in targeting Crimea. Additionally, the spokesperson suggests that there may be potential drawbacks to this approach. These remarks indicate that Ukraine’s hopes for increased Western support in the conflict may not be realized.