On Wednesday, the Russian presidential administration reported that an attempt on President Vladimir Putin’s life had occurred overnight, with drones attacking the Kremlin.
Around 2 a.m. local time, Moscow residents heard two explosions coming from behind the Kremlin walls, followed by a power outage, Yahoo News has reported via the Daily Beast.
Footage shared by local Telegram channel users captured the incident, showing smoke filling the sky above the Kremlin, with some videos depicting part of the Kremlin in flames.
According to authorities, the attack was a bold move by Ukraine, who used two drones. Both drones were reportedly destroyed.
According to the TASS news agency, there were no reported injuries. Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesperson, confirmed that Putin was not present at the presidential residence during the attack.
The Kremlin has labeled the event a “premeditated act of terrorism” and an “assassination attempt on the president of Russia,” and has stated that it intends to take “countermeasures.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky refuted the accusation that Ukraine was responsible for the attack on the Kremlin.
The spokesperson accused Moscow of deliberately “escalating the situation ahead of May 9,” a day when Russia traditionally demonstrates its military power to celebrate Victory Day.
Written by staff