Pentagon Responds to Kremlin's Accusations of Crimea Attack

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.24 - 2024 10:34 PM CET

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Ukraine makes its own targeting decisions

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Ukraine Makes Its Own Targeting Decisions

According to Ziare the Pentagon stated that Ukraine makes its own targeting decisions, following direct accusations from the Kremlin blaming the United States for a deadly attack on Crimea.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and considers it part of its territory, though most countries recognize it as part of Ukraine.

Major Charlie Dietz, a Pentagon spokesperson, clarified, "Ukraine makes its own targeting decisions and conducts its own military operations."

A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council added that any loss of civilian life is a tragedy, emphasizing the many innocent Ukrainians killed by Russian forces since the war began.

Attack on Sevastopol

Russian officials reported that at least two children were killed in Sunday’s attack on Sevastopol.

A video showed people fleeing from a nearby beach, with some of the injured being transported on lounge chairs.

Russia claimed the weapons used were supplied by the United States and directed by American military experts who provided targeting data.

This accusation marks an escalation in the conflict, with Russia summoning U.S. Ambassador Lynne Tracy to its Foreign Ministry, alleging that Washington is waging a "hybrid war" against Russia and has effectively become a participant in the conflict.

Retaliation Promised by Russia

During the meeting, Russia warned Ambassador Tracy that the attack "will not go unpunished" and promised retaliatory measures.

The Kremlin's direct blame on the United States for the attack represents a significant step in the ongoing conflict.

As tensions rise, the international community remains concerned about the potential for further escalation and the increasing civilian casualties resulting from the prolonged aggression.