Russian officials said those affected by the disaster should focus on positive thinking and return to work on Tuesday in a “good mood”.
The questionable advice comes as ordinary Russians, perhaps for the first time since Moscow launched an all-out war against Ukraine on February 23, can finally see the rifts begin. It first emerged in the Kremlin’s grueling narrative that Russian citizens were under threat. from the Ukrainians. Instead, it seems the bigger threat is their army—And the death cult in the Kremlin.
Veniamin Kondratyev, the governor of Krasnodar, arrived at the scene in Yeysk while rescuers were still digging through the rubble late Monday after a plane crash left 19 people injured and more than a dozen. died.
He offers some great advice on tone – deafening for those who have lost loved ones or suffered the consequences of a military disaster – this is just the latest in a long list of failures aimed at respond to ordinary Russian citizens in the so-called “Moscow special military operation” against Ukraine.
Residents now need “everything necessary for them to continue to feel… not like everyone else, but they will continue to work. I’m sure many of them will go to work tomorrow,” Kondratyev said in televised comments to local media.
He went on to say that local authorities must do everything they can so that residents can be “ready to work and go in a good mood.”
The comments caused an uproar even among pro-Kremlin experts such as Komsomolskaya Pravda radio host Sergei Mardan, who tore Kondratyev for the “pearl of wisdom” on Telegram.
“It’s not clear what he meant, happy music under the window of a burned house or handing out boxes of chocolates. How can you create a ‘good mood’ for the victims of the fire, of whom 13 died? “Mardan Written.
Even Kremlin-friendly political analyst Sergei Markov saw signs of public disappointment after the plane crash.
He wrote on social media: “People feel very concerned that the Russian army is much weaker than the Soviet army, blaming the disaster on “wild capitalism” and a “weak state.” .
But Kondratyev is not the only Russian official to urge people not to be too concerned about the tragedy.
Russian lawmaker Andrei Gurulyov also said on Telegram that although he was “deeply sorry” for those who lost their lives or loved ones, it was important for “everyone to show restraint”.
The Kremlin has issued a concrete response, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday saying President Vladimir Putin sends his “deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in this disaster.”
Meanwhile, Russian investigators said they suspect a “technical malfunction” was what caused the Sukhoi Su-34 bomber to crash into a residential building on its way back from a “training flight.” “.
While Russian defense officials emphasized that the military jet was engaged in training at the time of the disaster, experts note that the airbase to which it belongs is very close to Ukraine – just a short distance from Ukraine. Mariupol, the bustling port city used to be about 37 miles away. currently under the control of the very Russian forces that have almost wiped it off the face of the earth.
Su-34 fighter jets are also commonly used in Russia’s bombing campaign against Ukraine, a fact that has raised some doubts about the true nature of the explosion that appeared to rock the building population after the plane crash. The Russian Telegram channel “112”, citing unnamed sources, reported that the jet was fully loaded at the time of the crash, a statement also made by local coordinators, who scrambled to respond to the disaster.
However, regional governor Kondratyev insisted the jet was not carrying ammunition and Russia’s Emergencies Minister denied there had been any explosions in the apartment complex.
The crash is just the latest military incident to strike Russian civilians as Russia’s war against Ukraine increasingly begins to backfire on its own country, with reports of dozens of new soldiers being killed. network before they were sent to the front lines, and at least 11 volunteer soldiers were shot down over the weekend while they were training for war.
After the crash, many Ukrainians expressed sympathy for the civilians killed – but pointed out that it was Russian warplanes that had been brutally bombing Ukrainian citizens for months.
“Jets from Yeysk bombed Mariupol,” said Mykola Osychenko, president of Mariupol TV who served as a volunteer during the war. speak. “In light of today’s news of the Su-34 crashing into a residential building, every Mariupol today feels the saddest about the pilots who ejected and survived. And sorry to the common people. Even people calmly watch the jets take off in the spring to bomb Mariupol.”
Anton Herashchenko, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, speak The disaster should be a wake-up call for the inhabitants of Eysk, “because the Ukrainians, under your shouts of joy, have been living with this for almost eight months now.”
Meanwhile, the Kremlin and the Russian Defense Ministry continue to push their familiar mantra that “everything is going according to plan.” After weeks of growing outrage over Putin’s “partial deployment” decree formally calling for 300,000 servicemen to act as fresh food in war – a move that is said to have seen men are rounded up from dormitories and homeless shelters, among other places – Peskov on Tuesday emphasize that defense officials will not exceed the 300,000 limit.
But he also noted that Putin has yet to sign a decree acknowledging that the maneuver is over.