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6:22 p.m. ET, March 23, 2024

Zelensky accuses Putin of trying to blame concert hall attack on Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at a press conference in Berlin on February 16.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said “miserable” Russian President Vladimir Putin waited overnight before publicly addressing Russians, only to accuse Ukraine of having a hand in the terror attack at a concert hall near Moscow.

On Saturday, Putin told the Russian people that the perpetrators of the Crocus City Hall attack had “tried to hide and moved towards Ukraine, where, according to preliminary data, a window was prepared for them on the Ukrainian side to cross the border.”

Zelensky and several Ukrainian officials have vehemently denied Ukraine has any kind of involvement in the attack.

In his nightly address, Zelensky also said that Russians “have come to Ukraine, burn our cities – and try to blame Ukraine.”

Zelensky added that if the Russian people do “not ask any questions to their security and intelligence agencies, then Putin will try to turn such a situation to his personal advantage again.”

More background: The terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for Russia’s attack, according to a short statement published by ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq on Telegram Friday. ISIS has not provided evidence to support the claim.

Earlier this week, Putin had dismissed warnings by the US embassy that there could be terrorist attacks on large groups, telling the Federal Security Service (FSB) that the embassy warnings were “provocative” and “outright blackmail.”

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