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Russia Warns 'Time Will Tell' What 'Consequences' United States Will Pay for Deadly Ukraine Strike on Crimea

Moscow Blames US for Deadly Ukrainian Strike on Crimea
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Russia has blamed the United States for the deadly Ukrainian strike on Sevastopol in annexed Crimea.

Jun. 25 2024, Published 12:31 p.m. ET

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Russia has blamed the United States for the recent deadly Ukrainian missile strike on Sevastopol in annexed Crimea and warned of dire "consequences."

The Ukrainian strike, reportedly carried out with U.S.-supplied long-range missiles, killed four people, including two children, Knewz.com reported.

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Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov condemned the strike as "barbaric" and accused the U.S. of "killing Russian children."

Peskov stated that the U.S.'s direct involvement in the combat, which resulted in Russian civilian deaths, would have consequences. "Time will tell which ones precisely," he told reporters, via the Russian state-run news outlet TASS, when asked about possible Russian retaliation.

Russia claimed its air defense downed four of the five missiles launched at Sevastopol, but the fifth caused significant damage in the city.

"Ukraine attacked civilian infrastructure in Sevastopol using ATACMS tactical missiles equipped with cluster munitions on Sunday. While four missiles were downed, a fifth one exploded over the city," TASS reported.

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The attack resulted in four deaths, including two children, and injured over 150 others, according to the local governor.

The Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement, echoed by The Moscow Times, holding Washington equally “responsible with the Kyiv regime for this atrocity," and emphasized that the Ukrainian strike would not "go unpunished." Additionally, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy regarding the attack on Sevastopol.

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Russia claimed that the mayhem in Sevastopol was caused by debris from the downed missiles, believed to be U.S.-made ATACMS missiles armed with cluster warheads. BBC News reported footage on Russian state TV showing chaos on the beach in the Uchkuyevka area, with people fleeing the falling debris and injured individuals being carried away on sun loungers.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting in Minsk, claimed that ATACMS "cannot be used without the direct participation of the American military, including satellite capabilities." The Defense Ministry supported this claim, per BBC News.

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However, the White House National Security Council responded, "Ukraine makes its own targeting decisions and conducts its own military operations."

Regarding Crimea as a target, Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian president's office, declared that "Crimea is Ukraine." He stated that Russia must leave the peninsula and its military objects there must cease to exist, as reported by Kyiv Post.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior aide to the Ukrainian president, added that Crimea is a large military camp with hundreds of military targets, which Russia is trying to hide behind civilians, via The Moscow Times.

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