Moscow Confirms Plane Was Bombed, Russians Vow #VengeanceIsInevitable
The Kremlin said for the first time that a bomb took down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt
Russians vowed revenge for last month’s Metrojet plane crash after the Kremlin on Tuesday said for the first time that a bomb downed the passenger aircraft.
The hashtag #VengeanceIsInevitable—or #ВозмездиеНеизбежно, in Russian—made Twitter’s trending list on Tuesday, reflecting words Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said in a statement about the crash. He promised on Tuesday to intensify military operations in Syria, where Russia has been waging an airstrike campaign since late September.
“Our aviation should not simply continue military operations in Syria,” Putin said, “but enhance them so as to make it clear to the criminals that vengeance is inevitable.”
The three words went viral on Twitter, shared by Russians alongside patriotic posts and displays of support for Putin’s Syria campaign. Many cheered on their president’s mission to find and punish those behind the plane crash that killed all 224 people on board. The hashtag was used around 6,000 times in the first four hours after Putin’s statement, according to the analytics site Topsy.
Many shared other excerpts from Putin’s speech, indicating that the nation remains in a deep state of mourning. “We will not dry our tears – this will remain forever in our hearts and minds,” Putin said. “However, this would not stop us from finding and punishing the perpetrators. We will search wherever they may be hiding. We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish them.”
Questions remain about who and what was behind the crash, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility. U.S. officials said earlier this month a bomb likely brought down the plane as it flew over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, but this is the first time Russia called the crash a “terrorist act.”
A few hours after Putin’s statement, Russian airstrikes hit ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria, according to a French government source, Reuters reported.
— Резидент Кремля ☭ (@KremlinResident) November 17, 2015
Translation: Let’s pay respects to those who died on A321 and support our president with the hashtag ##ВозмездиеНеизбежно
— русский код (@verak191717) November 17, 2015
Translation: We will not dry our tears – this will remain forever in our hearts and minds. We will find and punish the criminals. I support #ВозмездиеНеизбежно
— Надежда (@nadiashar) November 17, 2015
Translation: #ВозмездиеНеизбежно Putin promised to find the criminals of the #A321 crash by any means and GET JUSTICE! He’s a man of his word!