July 14, 2024

Russian Officials Confirm Ukrainian Drones Attacked Kremlin on Wednesday Morning

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22, 2022: Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives comments to the media after a ceremony to sign a declaration on allied cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan at Moscow's Kremlin. Sergei Guneyev/POOL/TASS (Photo by Sergei Guneyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22, 2022: Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives comments to the media after a ceremony to sign a declaration on allied cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan at Moscow's Kremlin. Sergei Guneyev/POOL/TASS (Photo by Sergei Guneyev\TASS via Getty Images)

The Russian government announced on Wednesday that Ukrainian drones targeted the Kremlin in the early hours, with the alleged attack aimed at President Vladimir Putin’s residence. According to a statement from the Kremlin press service, two unmanned aircraft deployed by Ukraine were intercepted by electronic-warfare systems and collided with the Kremlin. Footage shared on social media showed plumes of white smoke emerging from the complex.

Officials reported no injuries or significant damage resulting from the incident. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov confirmed that President Putin was not in the Kremlin at the time of the alleged attack and is working from his residence outside Moscow. The Kremlin regards the event as a planned terrorist attack and an attempt on the president, reserving the right to retaliate.

The alleged drone strike occurred just before Russia’s Victory Day festivities, a deeply revered holiday celebrating the nation’s triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II. The event will still take place as planned, according to the Kremlin.

Local and regional authorities in Russia have reported a series of drone strikes in recent months, some landing close to Ukraine’s border with Russia and at least one hitting south of Moscow. Ukraine has not acknowledged responsibility for most of the incidents. In response to the alleged attack on the Kremlin, Moscow’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, announced a ban on drone flights over the city unless specially authorized, as unmanned aerial vehicles could hamper law enforcement agencies’ work.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, dismissed the allegations of a night attack on the Kremlin, stating that Ukraine directs all available resources to liberate its territories and not to attack others. Zelensky arrived in Finland on Wednesday to meet with Nordic leaders to discuss Ukraine’s defense struggle and Finland’s support for Ukraine, among other matters. A joint news conference with Finland’s president, Sauli Niinisto, will follow the discussions.

Meanwhile, a 58-hour stay-at-home order has been imposed for all residents living in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson due to threats posed by Russian forces. The order, expected to begin on Friday evening and end on Monday, requires people to stay at home and limits freedom of movement into and out of the city. Residents have been advised to stock up on food, water, and medicine before the curfew.

Officials reported no injuries or significant damage resulting from the incident. The attack occurred just before Russia’s Victory Day festivities, a deeply revered holiday honoring the nation’s triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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