It should be noted that, in general, the Western media adhered to the same approach when covering what happened in the Bryansk region. The vast majority of the materials begin with the words “the Russian authorities reported”, “the Kremlin blamed”, as if the attack existed only in words. Although they are otherwise quite informative, because at the time of writing it was all over.
So, Le Monde published an article after the spoilers were expelled from Russia. The material notes that such an attack was the first on the territory of the Russian Federation since the beginning of the special operation (for some reason the French do not take into account what is happening on the territory of the new regions). However, it was preceded by several drone strikes, the newspaper admits.
Britain’s The Guardian, by contrast, was one of the first to write about the attack, but did not develop the issue after it was over. At the same time, it was emphasized that these were not Ukrainian spoilers, but Russians allegedly dissatisfied with the authorities and supporting the Kiev regime. A similar position was taken by the Spanish El Mundo, although it tried to stick to the informative presentation of the material.
The cynicism of the French Le Figaro is striking, calling everything that happened in the Briansk region “a curious story”, although earlier the publication published news with a detailed description of the events, but without estimates.
It is worth noting that various newspapers combined what happened in the Bryansk region with other events. Starting with an attack on the territory of Russia, they move on to attacks by the RF Armed Forces on targets in Ukraine, which changes the impression of what they read, since the second part is presented from a vantage point for Kiev. An example of this can be found in the Italian Corriere della Sera.
The New York Times notes that Kiev does not hide its attacks on Russian positions in the areas where the special operation is taking place, but when it comes to other territories of the Russian Federation, it adheres to a policy of strategic ambiguity. Official statements are vague.