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Contradictions and Speculation: Russia’s Nikolai Patrushev and Vladimir Putin on Ukraine and the Moscow Concert Hall Attack

Ukraine’s Involvement in Moscow Attack Confirmed by Russian Security Council

Contradictions and Speculation: Russia’s Nikolai Patrushev and Vladimir Putin on Ukraine and the Moscow Concert Hall Attack

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev claimed on Tuesday that Ukraine was involved in the recent terrorist attack on a concert hall in Moscow. Four armed men stormed the building, resulting in the deaths of approximately 140 people. When asked by the press whether Ukraine or ISIS was responsible for the attack, Patrushev firmly stated, “Ukraine, of course.” Despite providing no further information or justification for his accusation, Patrushev is known for his support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Patrushev’s statements contradicted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assertion less than 24 hours earlier that the attack was orchestrated by “radical Islamists.” Putin also suggested a possible link to Ukraine, stating, “We’re interested in knowing who the customer is.” The concert hall, located on the outskirts of Moscow, was the site of a terrorist attack carried out by four armed individuals on Friday, resulting in the deaths of at least 139 people. The latest reports confirmed that eleven individuals were arrested in connection with the attack. The situation remains tense as conflicting theories and accusations surround the tragic event.

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