Putin gets mad at Ukraine for drone strikes on residential Moscow even though Russia has killed thousands of civilians

By Jen Krausz on
 May 31, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused Ukraine of attempts to "frighten" Russians with "increasingly reckless behavior" including drone strikes in residential areas of Moscow, even though Russia has been targeting Ukrainian civilian areas and has killed thousands of civilians since invading Ukraine.

At the very same time, several buildings in a wealthy area of Moscow were damaged by drones that ostensibly came from Ukraine, Russia was again striking Kyiv and doing the exact same thing Putin accused Ukraine of doing.

"We have spoken about hitting command centres (in Ukraine). In response, the Kyiv regime has chosen a different path, the path of trying to frighten Russia, frighten the citizens of Russia and of strikes on residential buildings," Putin said, even though reports said residential areas in Kyiv were hit and residents had to flee to bomb shelters.

Russia's foreign ministry blamed the increasing "recklessness" on Western countries helping Ukraine, the biggest of which is the U.S. Ukraine said it was glad for the attacks but was not involved.

"Western support for the Kyiv regime is pushing the Ukrainian leadership towards increasingly reckless acts, including terrorism," the Russian foreign ministry said, adding that the attacks on Moscow was aimed at "spreading panic among civilians."

Around 25 drones hit Russia, and some were shot down by Russian missile defense systems while others were not. One of the strikes was close to Putin's home, and he would have been able to hear and feel the blast if he was there.