Airport riot in Dagestan shows Russia's inability to withstand confrontation with Ukraine strategically - Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that the riots in Dagestan are an example of Russia losing control over events in its own country for the second time in a year
He said this in his evening address on October 30.
Ukraine's leader emphasized that in an effort not to lose the territories seized in Ukraine, Russia had lost control over the events in its own country. According to him, the situation in Dagestan shows that although Russia can still conduct military operations, strategically it is no longer able to withstand the confrontation.
"We must soberly assess the Russian system. They have mobilized all their forces to avoid losing what they have seized in Ukraine, but at the same time they have polluted their territory with such a level of hatred and degradation that for the second time this year Russia is losing control of events. Either the mutineers move toward Moscow, and no one stops them, or the vertical of power in Dagestan disappears, and a real pogrom takes place. These are all signals that Russia can withstand the fighting for now and sometimes increase pressure on the front, but it is unable to withstand this confrontation strategically," the president said.
- On October 29, protests against a plane carrying Israelis took place in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. Several thousand people shouted slogans in support of Palestine, holding anti-Israeli posters. The head of Dagestan, Sergey Melikov, accused a telegram channel allegedly involving "traitors and Banderites" from Ukraine of inciting anti-Semitic riots at the Makhachkala airport on the evening of October 29.