Kamala Harris Dismisses Putin's Accusation of Ukraine's Role in Moscow Attack

Vice President Harris clarifies the perpetrator behind Moscow tragedy.

by Nouman Rasool
Kamala Harris Dismisses Putin's Accusation of Ukraine's Role in Moscow Attack
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Vice President Kamala Harris firmly dismissed allegations made by Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding Ukraine's involvement in the tragic event that unfolded in Moscow last Friday. This clarification came during an exclusive interview conducted by Rachel Scott, ABC News' Senior Congressional Correspondent, with Vice President Harris, which took place on Saturday.

Addressing inquiries on whether the United States possessed any concrete evidence to substantiate Putin's claims, Vice President Harris unequivocally stated, "No." She proceeded to emphasize the gravity of the situation, labeling it as an act of terrorism that resulted in significant loss of life.

"The tragedy that has unfolded, claiming numerous lives, is deeply saddening, and our hearts go out to the families of the victims," Harris remarked, advocating for a collective expression of condolences.

Harris Exonerates Ukraine

Further elaborating on the situation, Harris highlighted the lack of any credible evidence linking Ukraine to the incident.

Instead, she pointed towards ISIS-K, a faction known for its extremist activities, as the primary perpetrator behind the calamity. "There is absolutely no evidence implicating Ukraine. On the contrary, all signs and information available point towards ISIS-K being responsible for this heinous act," Harris added.

The attack, which occurred at Moscow's Crocus City Hall, was devastating, with the death toll reaching at least 133 individuals, as reported by Russian investigative authorities. In addition, local officials have noted that 121 individuals are currently receiving medical treatment due to injuries sustained during the incident.

The aftermath of the attack has seen President Putin vowing stern "retribution" against those behind the attack, while also suggesting Ukraine's indirect responsibility for the tragedy. This interview with Vice President Harris, which sheds light on the United States' stance regarding the accusations leveled against Ukraine, is scheduled for broadcast on ABC News' "This Week" this Sunday morning.

The conversation offers a clear perspective on the U.S. government's view of the events and its firm rejection of unfounded claims implicating Ukraine in the Moscow attack.