Russian Government on Wednesday accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone strike on Kremlin with the intention to assassinate President Vladimir Putin. According to a report by Russia Today, the President did not get harmed in the overnight drone attacks in the heart of Moscow. Russia considers the attack an attempt on Putin’s life.
Moscow said, an electronic-warfare system downed two unmanned aircraft, which exploded over the Kremlin grounds, intending to assassinate President Putin.
“The head of State was not in Kremlin at the time of “Ukrainian UAV attack” on Tuesday night,” Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.
He also said that Putin is working from the bunker of his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo near Moscow and that his schedule remains unchanged.
The two drones were disabled using electronic warfare measures and fragments of the drones had been scattered on the Kremlin complex but caused no casualties or damage. Russia also warned of retaliatory measures where and when it sees fit.
Russia said it considered these actions as a planned terrorist attack and an attempt on President Vladimir Putin’s life, carried out on the occasion of Victory Day, the May 9 Parade, at which the presence of foreign guests is also planned.
Kremlin’s spokesperson said the incident won’t interfere with the World War II Victory Day parade that is scheduled to be held on May 9 on Red Square.
“Two unmanned aerial vehicles were aimed at the Kremlin. As a result of timely actions taken by the military and special services using radar warfare systems, the devices were disabled,” Kremlin said in a statement.
However, Ukraine stated that it has nothing to do with the drone attack. Presidential spokesperson Mikhaylo Podolyak said, “Ukraine does not attack the Kremlin because, firstly, that does not solve any military aims.”
Later, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also declined the Russian government’s claims that Ukraine had attempted to assassinate Vladimir Putin. “We didn’t attack Putin. We leave it to the tribunal. We fight on our territory, we are defending our villages and cities, Zelensky said at a press conference.