An assassination attempt was allegedly carried out on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Kremlin alleged Ukraine behind the attempt on Putin’s life. “Ukraine tried to attack the Kremlin with drones. It is a terrorist act and we have the right to respond,” news agency AP quoted a Kremlin statement.
The guardian, quoting Russian state news agency RIA, reported that two drones had been used by Ukraine in the alleged attack. According to the report, both the drones had been disabled by Russian defence officers. Moreover, Putin emerged unharmed in the attack nor did buildings in Kremlin suffer any damage, the report stated.
“The Kremlin has assessed these actions as a planned terrorist act and an assassination attempt on the president on the eve of Victory Day, the May 9 Parade,” the RIA was quoted by The guardian. Despite the attack President Putin left his schedule unchanged and continued working as usual in Novo Ogaryovo, outside Moscow. “The Russian side reserves the right to take retaliatory measures where and when it sees fit,” the report read.
Last week there was allegedly another attempt on Russian President Putin’s life, reported New York Times. The C-4 explosive-laden UJ-22 drone crashed before causing any damage. The drone was allegedly targeting the Rudnevo Industrial Park, which Putin was expected to visit.
In 2022, Ukraine had claimed several attempts on President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s life since the Russian invasion began on February 24. Kyiv had then said that it was preparing for operations after Zelenskyy’s death as a threat loomed over his life. According to Ukraine, within just a month of the invasion four attempts were made to assassinate President Zelenskyy.
Last week, a drone attack triggered a massive fire at a fuel storage facility in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol, news agency Reuters quoted the Moscow-installed governor as saying. No casualty has been reported.
Russia has claimed it stopped two drone attacks on Vladimir Putin’s presidential home overnight. The Kremlin blamed Ukraine for what it called a “terrorist act”. It said Russian military and security forces disabled the drones before they could strike.
No victims or damage were reported and Mr Putin was not injured, it added. “On Wednesday night, the Kyiv regime made an attempt to strike using a UAV the Kremlin residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin,” it said in a statement.
“Two unmanned aerial vehicles were aimed at the Kremlin. “As a result of timely actions taken by the military and special services with the use of radar warfare systems, the vehicles were disabled.”
It said Russia reserved the right to retaliate – suggesting Moscow might use the alleged attack to further escalate its war in Ukraine.
Kyiv denies it carried out alleged strike: A senior Ukrainian presidential official said Kyiv had nothing to do with the alleged drone strike. Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the Kremlin’s allegations suggest Russia could be preparing for a large-scale “terrorist” attack against Ukraine in the coming days.
“Of course, Ukraine has nothing to do with drone attacks on the Kremlin. We do not attack the Kremlin because, first of all, it does not resolve any military tasks,” he said.
“In my opinion, it is absolutely obvious that both ‘reports about an attack on the Kremlin’ and simultaneously the supposed detention of Ukrainian saboteurs in Crimea… clearly indicates the preparation of a large-scale terrorist provocation by Russia in the coming days.” Military analyst Sean Bell told Sky News that while Ukraine has been doing “a lot of activity with drones”, it “does feel odd that Ukraine would be so audacious as to mount something in Moscow”.
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