"The situation is quite alarming": the Kremlin commented on the "bavovna" in the Belgorod region and complained to the West
After a "Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group" entered the territory of Belgorod Oblast, the Russian government decided not to declare martial law in the Russian Federation. At the same time, the Kremlin called the shelling of the Russian border region, which caused panic among local residents, "quite alarming" and vaguely promised to "take measures.
Much more than the safety of Belgorod residents, the Russian authorities are concerned about the escalation around Kosovo and the drones flying from Moscow: the Kremlin is indignant that the West has not condemned the recent attacks. Russian propaganda media reported this, citing presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
For example, a Kremlin spokesman said that after the recent shelling and "saboteurs' entry" into the territory of the Belgorod region, as well as after a UAV attack on Moscow the other day "no decisions have been made about martial law in Russia and no discussions on this matter are taking place." Earlier Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, made such a suggestion.
Peskov consoled the residents of the border region with a vague promise of "taking measures."
"The situation with the shelling of the Belgorod region is quite alarming - measures are being taken," Peskov said.
Commenting on the "drone attack on Moscow," he urged Russians not to believe their own eyes, but the statements of the Russian Defense Ministry.
"The media cannot be the primary source of information about the number of drones that attacked Moscow - one should be guided by the data of the Ministry of Defense," stressed the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He also tried to explain to citizens what Putin said about "the satisfactory work of the air defense system in Moscow", which caused much bewilderment. According to Peskov, the Russian dictator meant that it "worked effectively, but there is room for improvement."
At the same time, the Kremlin was offended that Western leaders did not particularly react to the drones in Moscow. As Peskov noted, the Russian authorities "would have liked to see at least some condemnation in the West of the UAV attack on Moscow, but this did not happen."
Interestingly, the situation around Kosovo appears to worry the Kremlin far more than the Belgorod region. Peskov said that Moscow is "concerned about the aggravation of the situation around Kosovo" and "about the observance of the rights and interests of the Kosovo Serbs. He also added that here, too, the Kremlin "does not trust European representatives' statements about the fulfillment of agreements" on resolving the situation.
Recall that earlier, Peskov came up with an excuse for why Russia was stuck in Ukraine for so long. He cynically made the point that Russia, fighting against Ukraine, was supposedly trying to save cities and human lives. It is precisely because the occupiers are supposedly not waging war against Ukraine, but rather conducting a "special operation" that they have been bogged down in Ukraine for so long.