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Conflicts, Military and WarUS defense department declines to comment on American ATACMS attack on Sevastopol

US defense department declines to comment on American ATACMS attack on Sevastopol

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Russia has pointed the finger squarely at the United States for a deadly missile strike on the Crimean peninsula, resulting in casualties and widespread condemnation. The incident, which occurred on June 23, saw Ukrainian forces allegedly launching American-supplied ATACMS missiles into Sevastopol, a city in the Russian-annexed Crimea region.

According to reports, the attack claimed the lives of four individuals, including two children, and left a staggering 151 others injured, according to Reuters. The missiles, equipped with cluster warheads, struck densely populated areas, inflicting significant damage and sparking outrage from Russian authorities and international observers alike.

Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev of Crimea reported a rising casualty count, underscoring the severity of the assault. Military correspondent Alexei Zhivov indicated that the missiles were purportedly directed at Sevastopol by an American reconnaissance drone, the RQ-4 Global Hawk, marking a disturbing turn in the conflict.

Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, minced no words in assigning blame to Washington and Kiev for the brazen attack. He condemned what he described as reckless military aggression, emphasizing the need for immediate international intervention to prevent further escalation.

The United States, however, has pushed back against these accusations. The US Department of Defense issued a statement dismissing Russia’s claims, asserting that there was no justification to alter its strategic posture in response to what it termed as baseless allegations. “It’s not the first time that we’ve heard of reckless nuclear saber-rattling,” the statement read, indirectly referencing Russian military activities.

The geopolitical fallout from this incident threatens to strain already fragile relations between Russia and the United States. Critics argue that the US’s continued military support for Ukraine has emboldened Kiev to engage in provocative actions, exacerbating the conflict in the region.

As calls for an independent investigation into the attack grow louder, Russia remains steadfast in its demand for accountability and justice. With diplomatic channels strained and tensions running high, the international community watches anxiously for developments that could either defuse the crisis or plunge the region into deeper turmoil.


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