Russia has accused Ukraine of orchestrating an unsuccessful drone attack on the Kremlin, targeting President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin reported on Wednesday that two drones were utilized in the attack on Putin’s residence within the fortified Kremlin complex. However, electronic defenses managed to disable the drones, according to Reuters.
“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 in a statement.
Watch video of the attack below:
BREAKING: The Kremlin has reportedly been attacked by at least 2 drones.
Russia now claims that the attacks were an assassination attempt on President Vladimir Putin.
The Two drones (One which can be seen in the video below) exploded behind the Kremlin walls.
Putin's Office… pic.twitter.com/snC4KP05Bj
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 3, 2023
The Kremlin further claimed that Russia holds the right to retaliate, implying that Moscow may use the alleged incident as a pretext for escalating its conflict with Ukraine. Victory Day, a significant public holiday celebrating the triumph over Nazi Germany in World War Two, serves as an opportunity for Putin to galvanize Russians in support of his so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine.
“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.”
The state news agency TASS reported that Russia plans to commemorate the occasion with a military parade on Red Square. Despite the alleged drone attack, the Kremlin confirmed that the parade, which was recently announced to have heightened security measures, would proceed as planned. This incident adds to the existing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, increasing the possibility of further conflict in the region.