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Russia says Ukraine tried to kill Putin with drone attack on Kremlin

Russia says Ukraine tried to kill Putin with drone attack on Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in an event on the occasion of the tram traffic resumption in Mariupol, the Russian-controlled city in Ukraine's Donetsk region, via video conference call, in St Petersburg on 2 May 2023. (Photo" EPA-EFE / Mikhael Klimentye / /Sputnik)

May 3 (Reuters) – Russia accused Ukraine on Wednesday of attacking the Kremlin with drones overnight in a failed bid to kill President Vladimir Putin.

There was no immediate comment from Ukrainian authorities on the statement from Moscow – the most dramatic accusation it has levelled against Kyiv since invading its neighbour more than 14 months ago.

The Kremlin said two drones had been used in the alleged attack on Putin’s residence in the walled Kremlin citadel, but had been disabled by electronic defences.

It said Russia reserved the right to retaliate – a comment that suggested that Moscow might use the alleged incident to justify a further escalation in its war with Ukraine.

The Russian side reserves the right to take retaliatory measures where and when it sees fit.

“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 devices were put out of action,” the Kremlin said.

“We regard these actions as a planned terrorist act and an attempt on the president’s life, carried out on the eve of Victory Day, the May 9 Parade, at which the presence of foreign guests is also planned…

“The Russian side reserves the right to take retaliatory measures where and when it sees fit.”

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Baza, a Telegram channel with links to Russia’s law enforcement agencies, posted a video showing a flying object approaching the dome of the Kremlin Senate building overlooking Red Square and exploding in an intense burst of light just before reaching it. 

Reuters could not immediately verify the video’s authenticity.



The statement from the presidential administration said fragments of the drones had been scattered on the territory of the Kremlin complex but there were no casualties or material damage.

The RIA news agency said Putin had not been in the Kremlin at the time, and was working on Wednesday at his Novo Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. Reuters/DM

By Mark Trevelyan

(Reporting by Reuters; writing by Mark Trevelyan, Editing by Kevin Liffey)


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  • Richard Bryant says:

    Why on earth would Ukraine take all the trouble to fly its drones all the way to Moscow and then knock out a flagpole? And the so called explosives looked more like something going off at a fireworks display. They even had firemen on the roof before the so-called attack.

    It seems that the russians are getting more and more desperate about what’s coming next and they’re looking for a diversion or perhaps an excuse to use nuclear weapons on Kiev? Either way, putin is finished.

    • Johan Buys says:

      Exactly. The Ukrainians took out a prime naval vessel (Moskva). It’d have been easier than that actual attack, to take out putin in his motorcade from drones on his way to his capitalist pig colonial palace that he was supposedly actually at, rather than attacking a building. More likely this was (if real) a symbolic gesture by annoyed russians.

      The narrative is an excuse for an escalation. For sure putin is hiding in a bunker like hitler did.

  • Fanie Rajesh Ngabiso says:

    That is just so funny.

    Attack a country then whinge when they give you a well deserved klap in response.

  • Beyond Fedup says:

    Such a great pity that the evil mass- murderer Putin wasn’t killed. He deserves nothing less and payback is so long overdue. He is the direct cause of so much pain, death, destruction, terror and suffering. The world does not need such a diabolical and vile monster and it will be a much better place once he is permanently removed. Let him go and burn in hell – he is one and the same as the devil.

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