Special purpose: ISW explained how Russia wants to use the Hamas attack on Israel and how it threatens Ukraine
The aggressor country Russia immediately took advantage of the unprecedented military invasion of Israel by Hamas militants. In this way, it seeks to promote several information operations aimed at reducing Western support and attention to Ukraine.
This is stated in the report of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Analysts predict that the Kremlin will continue to use these events for its own purposes.
As a reminder, Israel is at war for the second day: The IDF managed to rescue a number of hostages, and Netanyahu advised Gaza residents to "flee immediately." You can follow the chronicle of all the events at this link.
It is noted that Moscow has intensified several information operations after the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7, accusing the West of "neglecting conflicts in the Middle East to support Ukraine." The Russians also expressed hope that the international community would stop paying attention to Ukraine and focus on the Middle East.
For example, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that the United States and its allies should have "engaged" in the work on the "Palestinian-Israeli settlement" instead of "interfering" in Russia and providing military assistance to Ukraine.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs even accused the West of allegedly blocking the efforts of the necessary "quartet" of Russia, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations, which "led to an escalation of violence." In this way, the agency of the terrorist state implicitly blamed the West for the current situation, i.e., the fighting in Israel.
A well-known Russian propagandist, Sergei Mardan, has bluntly stated that Russia will only benefit from the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as the world will "turn its attention away from Ukraine for a while" and will again be "extinguishing the eternal flame in the Middle East."
ISW believes that such Kremlin narratives are aimed at Western audiences to drive a wedge into military support for Ukraine.
"They seek to demoralize Ukrainian society by claiming that Ukraine will lose international support, and they intend to reassure Russia's domestic audience that international society will ignore Ukraine's military efforts," the analysts explained the Russian goal.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the terrorist state of Russia may be behind Hamas' attacks on Israel. This opinion was expressed by German political scientist and former head of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Ukraine Serhiy Sumlennyi.