FSB reiterates claims of Ukrainian Military Intelligence role in Moscow terror attack

FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov stated that the agency has established the military intelligence of Ukraine is directly related to organizing the suicide bombing.

The head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has once again alleged that Ukrainian military intelligence orchestrated the terrorist bombing at Crocus City Hall in Moscow earlier this year. The blast on April 3rd killed 12 people and injured over 50 more in a shocking attack in the heart of the Russian capital.

In remarks made during a security conference in Kyrgyzstan last month, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov stated that the agency has established the military intelligence of Ukraine is directly related to organizing the suicide bombing. He did not provide any specific evidence for the explosive claim.

The accusation is not new, as Russian authorities almost immediately pointed the finger at Ukrainian involvement after the devastating attack. Kyiv has vehemently denied any role, condemning the bombing as a despicable act of terrorism. No group has claimed responsibility.

The allegations represent a dramatic escalation in what has already devolved into a bitter, yearslong conflict between the two neighbours following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Tensions have soared further since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022.

The FSB’s repeated assertions of Ukrainian state involvement in terrorism on Russian soil will likely further inflame hawkish voices in Moscow who have called for an escalated military response against Kyiv’s government. Ukrainian officials have warned that such claims are a Russian pretext for potential false-flag operations.

Western intelligence agencies have so far also not confirmed any Ukrainian links to the Moscow attack. The United States and its allies have called for a full and impartial investigation to identify the true perpetrators.

With both sides trading incendiary accusations of terrorism, hopes for any diplomatic off-ramp to end the bloody conflict in Ukraine appear to be dimming. Concerns are growing that the war could spiral into an even wider confrontation between Russia and NATO.