Russia: Ukraine Sent Drones to Assassinate Putin

But Kremlin says it brought down the drones and Putin wasn't home anyway
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2023 8:10 AM CDT
Russia Alleges Ukraine Tried to Take Out Putin With Drones
Russian authorities have accused Ukraine of attempting to attack the Kremlin with two drones overnight. The Kremlin on Wednesday decried the alleged attack attempt as a "terrorist act" and said Russian military and security forces disabled the drones before they could strike.   (AP Photo, File)

Russia claims it has averted an assassination attempt on Vladimir Putin, and it alleges Ukraine was behind the plot. The Kremlin on Wednesday said it brought down two drones overnight using what the BBC calls "electronic radar assets." Russia claims the drones were targeting Putin's Kremlin residence, but noted Putin was not there at the time and was instead working from his Novo-Ogaryovo residence.

Russia called the incident "a planned terrorist act and an assassination attempt on the president," and said it "reserves the right to take retaliatory measures wherever and whenever is deemed necessary." Though the AP reports debris from the drones fell on the ground below, no injuries or damage were reported. Ukraine has not commented. The Washington Post calls Russia's claim "an electric allegation that could create justification for Russia to escalate its war in Ukraine."

The Kremlin said the alleged incident wouldn't interrupt its plans to mark Victory Day, the May 9 celebration of Russia's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Putin is set to participate in the celebrations in Moscow's Red Square. (More Vladimir Putin stories.)

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