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Strikes on Russia, occupied Crimea nullify meaning of so-called military operation – Feygin

16 September, 2023 Saturday
17:00

Russian opposition politician Mark Feygin, in an interview with the host of the Studio West program Antin Borkovsky, said that the shift of the war to the territory of the Russian Federation and the occupied part of Ukraine leads to the loss of the meaning of this "operation", which was proclaimed by the Kremlin leadership

He said this on Espreso TV.

"Events are happening on an increasing scale, exponentially. This is despite the fact that the US has not yet provided long-range assets, and the issue of ATACMS and TAURUS has not yet been resolved. Moreover, if the means available in Ukraine achieve such goals, what will happen when others appear? After each such strike, Moscow takes feverish action. It doesn't matter whether they hit the Crimean Bridge or the Kremlin's Senate Tower, because they believe that this will be the end of it, because Russia will take some countermeasures to protect them from such attacks in the future. But this is not happening. It is not as if they have strengthened air defense or destroyed, as they often claim, the production of such means, missiles or strikers on the territory of Ukraine. None of this is working," the opposition politician commented.

Mark Feygin noted that if the strikes are carried out far from the front line, in Crimea or in Moscow, what is the point of this "operation", why try to capture Kyiv if Moscow is not protected?

"I'm not talking about Crimea at all, it's nearby, it will continue there all the time. This is one point - the meaning of the whole "special military operation" is lost. As we predicted, the shift of the war, even if it is remote, to the territory of the Russian Federation and the occupied part, if we are talking about Crimea, nullifies the whole meaning of this "operation," which is constantly changing and being proclaimed by the Kremlin leadership. Putin's latest version, which he himself voiced, is that we were forced to do this, not because we wanted to. So, from the point of view of the big picture, the war loses its meaning altogether, that is, the so-called SMO loses all meaning. Let's remember: what about tomorrow? Tomorrow is the Crimean bridge. It has already been hit twice, so they will hit it a third time and finally destroy it. And tomorrow is Rublevka, Moscow City again, the Kremlin, and so on. There are no limits to the targets. And then what? Why do you need this "SMO" if you lose from it," Feygin emphasized.

The human rights activist added that from a political point of view, Moscow loses much more, but it is clear that the Russian Federation will mobilize and throw this ‘cannon fodder’ until the last.

"But these strikes lead to the nullification of meaning. Among the people, we are unlikely to find people who are able to think far. But among the elite, these sentiments are growing: what are we achieving, what do we want? What is the point of all this? What if Putin is going to be at war for the next 10 years? But what does it mean to strike at the territory of Russia, the territory of Crimea, and the rest for 10 years until it is de-occupied? That is, for them, the meaning of all this is lost, and they suffer from it. These people do not have pro-Western or pro-Ukrainian views, but the elites are losing their opportunities, what they live for," Feygin summarized.

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