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Russian Hypocrisy Over Ukraine's Drone Attacks



Drone use for military purposes has become a prominent aspect of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The use of drones by Ukraine to attack vital locations on Russian soil has sparked concerns regarding Russia's response and the veracity of its designation of these assaults as "terrorist acts."


The latest incident on the Kerch bridge and subsequent Russian denials of "terrorist attacks" expose Moscow's dishonesty. Since Russia's building of the Kerch bridge following its illegitimate annexation of Crimea in 2014, the bridge connecting the Crimean Peninsula to the Russian mainland has been a source of conflict. The bridge has been the subject of missile attacks by Ukrainian forces, leading Russia to assert that it has stopped "terrorist attacks." Recent footage and analysis, however, point to a different story.


Smoke was seen coming from the bridge after an attack, which caused worry about potential harm. The Crimean governor appointed by Russia, Sergei Aksyonov, asserted that two drones had been shot down but that no harm had been done. Online videos, however, have questioned the veracity of these assertions. An adviser to the governor of Moscow argued that the smoke was just a cover put up by the rescue crews. This idea calls into question the degree of the actual damage and whether the problem is being played down for political ends.


Furthermore, the argument that no significant damage has happened is in conflict with the reality that Ukrainian forces are still firing missiles at the bridge. Emergency services needing protection if the bridge remains unharmed would be perplexing, revealing the discrepancy in Russia's story. According to Russia's Ministry of Defence, Ukraine tried to use anti-aircraft rockets to attack the Kerch bridge. If this assertion is accurate, it would be the first occasion that such weapons were used to target the bridge during the day.


The offensive operations announced by the Ukrainian General Staff at Robotyne had some degree of partial success. Cluster munitions were used against Russian forces as they withdrew, according to video evidence. These actions were framed as "terrorist attacks" against Russian installations by Russian authorities. However, this is the point at which Russia's hypocrisy is exposed. Moscow conveniently conceals its own use of comparable tactics in various settings while branding Ukrainian drone assaults as terrorist acts.


The Russian Ministry of Defense's claim that Ukraine's activities are "terrorist attacks" reflects a trend that has emerged throughout the conflict. While portraying its own activities as necessary self-defense forced by external forces, primarily NATO and the Kyiv government, Moscow paints Ukrainian drone assaults as terrorist acts. The glaring discrepancy in Russia's position on the use of drones in combat is made clear by this double standard.


Drone assaults by Ukraine and its targeting of key locations on Russian soil are almost identical to the strategies used by Russia. This paradox is well illustrated by the "Schrödinger's drones" analogy, in which drones are given two contradicting identities depending on the user's country.

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