Taking a stance of open condemnation, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, commented on Russia’s strikes on Ukraine for the first time since he began his term.
Lapid condemned Russia’s attacks on civilian targets in Kyiv on Monday night, in the first such statement from an Israeli prime minister. “I strongly condemn the Russian attacks on the civilian population in Kyiv and other cities across Ukraine,” Lapid wrote. “I send our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the Ukrainian people.”
The Russian embassy responded to Lapid’s comments saying the in a statement that “we heard words of “strong condemnation” from Israeli officials about “Russia’s attacks on the civilian population” of the cities of Ukraine. According to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, today the Russian armed forces launched a precision attack on military facilities, communication hubs, and the energy infrastructure of Ukraine.”
“It is worth noting that, unfortunately, Israel has chosen to remain silent during eight years of continuous Ukrainian terrorist attacks on the citizens of Donbas, to turn a blind eye to the latest murderous Ukrainian attack on a refugee convoy in the Kharkiv region, monstrous murders of civilians by Azov neo-nazis in Kopiansk and other Ukrainian cities, the brutal murder of Russian journalist Daria Dogina, recent Ukrainian terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge, as well as many other horrific and unpunished crimes by the Kyiv regime,” the statement said.
Throughout the course of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Israel has sent hundreds of tons of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, but not military aid other than helmets and protective vests. To this, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last month that he was “shocked” that Israel did not provide his country with any anti-aircraft weaponry.