Belgorod is proving to be a textbook example of how Russia uses tragedies. It’s an extremely good example of propaganda. Mind you, some Ukrainian bloggers on Telegram smell a Russian fake, and some said it from the moment the explosion hit. Why? Russia has a history of hitting its own civilians to advance state goals.
So let’s recap.
Anti-aircraft Pantsir shot down an incoming missile. From photos that appeared online we can presume it was a Tochka-U, both nations operate these systems. Unfortunately, gravity works, and this is not a video game. So the warhead fell, and exploded, on civilian housing.
To their credit, this was the early story. It was not going to enter the land of the bizarre, or propaganda. Now it has.
In the wake of the Belgorod events, Senator (Andrey) Klishas has already started talking about “a direct act of aggression on the part of Ukraine.” If there is no “crushing military response, then the attacks on our territory and the death of our citizens will continue,” the senator is convinced.
Is he definitely not talking about a nuclear response?
He is the Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building. It’s not quite the federal Duma, but high enough. This is precisely how things like this go from a tragedy, to being used by the state.
Others were talking of how President Volodymyr Zelensky should personally pay for an attack on civilians.
So what did we wake up this morning? Russians are evacuating medical centers in Belgorod. Why? They received threats of bombs. Remember, Russia is engaging in a strategic bombing campaign, and like Syria, they are targeting medical centers. This is designed to raise fear among its population.
On the Ukrainian side, there is also an effort to question this. I will spare you the very long post, just point to the conclusion, which essentially says, Russia attacked itself:
Question: how did it happen that “Points-U” at the gate of the house on the street. Mayakovsky…