Scholz and Biden criticized Moscow’s nuclear threat
11.50 PM: During a phone call, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden criticized Moscow’s recent nuclear threats as irresponsible. They agree that such a move would have extraordinarily serious consequences for Russia, government spokesman Steffen Hebestrate said.
Russia’s refusal to accept international demands for an end to hostilities is driving the country into increasing international isolation. Scholz and Biden reiterated that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been urged to cease hostilities and fully withdraw his armed forces from all of Ukraine.
Zelensky: “Constant terrorism is Russia’s clear rejection of real dialogue”
10:04 pm: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed the impossibility of negotiations with Russia. “Continued terror against the civilian population is Russia’s clear rejection of real negotiations,” Zelenskij said in his video message Monday night. “Terrorism at the state level is a most heinous international crime.” Not long ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine’s secret service for the recent attack on the Crimean bridge, calling it a “terrorist act.”
Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, responded on Twitter, “Putin accusing Ukraine of terrorism? It seems very reprehensible even for Russia.” Podoliak cited a recent rocket attack on the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia, which is believed to have killed more than a dozen people. “No, there is only one terrorist state – and the whole world knows who it is.”
Putin accused Ukraine of committing “acts of terrorism” over the Crimean bridge
7:43 PM: Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine’s secret service SBU for the massive explosion on the Crimean bridge. “There is no doubt. This is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying the critical civilian infrastructure of the Russian Federation,” Putin said. Kyiv has yet to admit involvement in the attack.
Russian citizens and foreign states helped prepare the terrorist attack, Alexander Bastrykin, head of the National Investigation Agency, said in a meeting with Putin, from which state media released video clips.
Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for the explosion. Read more here. The bridge between Russia and the peninsula connected by the Russian mainland has a symbolic and a strategic meaning: Russia uses the bridge to bring military equipment and supplies to its troops in Ukraine.
The FSB has accused Ukraine of more than 100 attacks on Russian territory
7.30 pm: Nearly seven and a half months after the war began, Russia’s domestic secret service, the FSB, has accused Ukraine of more than 100 attacks on Russian territory — since the beginning of October alone. The FSB announced on Sunday that a total of 32 towns in the Bryansk, Kursk and Belgorod regions bordering Ukraine had been shelled in the past few days. The number of attacks has increased significantly recently. This could not be independently verified.