IL-76 Crash: Deja vu or Not?

The recent events surrounding the crash of a Russian IL-76 military transport aircraft in the Belgorod region raise more questions than answers, as there is still no information what exactly caused the crash. Moreover, it is unknown what or who was transported in the aircraft. Even John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the White House National Security Council, said at a press conference that the US had no data on the reasons for the downing of the Russian airplane.

John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the White House NSC

“We don’t have enough information to comment on that,” Kirby said during a regular press briefing at the White House, adding that Washington is working to gather more information and evidence on the incident.

However, in one way or another, this event is closely related to the war of Russia against Ukraine, because the entire Russian defense industry is working almost around the clock to produce deadly weapons, namely missiles, tanks, ships, and aircraft that will be used against Ukraine, and possibly in the future against the entire civilized world.

Ultimately, the behavior of Russia’s top military and political leadership shows that the Kremlin is neither going to make any territorial concessions to Ukraine nor trying to negotiate or at least resolve the issue with the leaders of this world.

The history of the two friendly neighboring states has many controversial moments that Russia has constantly tried to either hide or twist in its own way. Such examples are the artificially created Holodomors in Ukraine in 1922, 32-33, and 1947, Sandarmokh massacre in 1937, the seizure of Western Ukraine in 1939, and many, many other horrific events constantly accompanied by hatred and struggle against Ukraine. The Kremlin did not abandon the political strategy of destroying Ukraine even after the joint participation in the war against Nazi Germany.

An interesting fact is that, despite all Russian attempts to subjugate Ukrainians, the latter constantly has been striving for a better and brighter future, sticking to the pro-European course. The control of Kremlin over Ukraine was slipping away, irritating the Russian political elite. In the end, it culminated in February 2022…

The Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine led to the Bucha and Irpin massacres, siege of Mariupol, and similar war crimes carried out by the Russian Federation against the Ukrainian people. It is alarming that such views and sentiments are already being directed to the Baltic States and other members of the EU and NATO by the Russians.