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According to numerous sources, Russia recently charged Ukraine with trying to kill President Vladimir Putin by conducting a drone attack on the Kremlin.
Two drones were used in the attack, which was directed at the Kremlin in the early hours of May 3, according to a Kremlin statement that was widely reported in the media.
Additionally, Russia claims that the drones were destroyed by its radar warfare systems. Moscow has described the incident as a terrorist act and an attempted assassination.
According to the reports, although wreckage from the drones fell onto Kremlin grounds, nobody was hurt. Hardliners want to punish Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy right away, while the administration has charged Ukraine with planning a terrorist strike.
The allegations were denied by a top Ukrainian presidential official, who described them as the most severe ones Moscow had made against Kyiv throughout the 14-month battle. The government claims that Moscow is preparing a significant terrorist provocation.
The adviser to the Ukrainian President, Mykhailo Podolyak, on the other hand, rejected Ukraine’s involvement in the incident and asserted that it was the product of Russia’s planning for a significant terrorist provocation in the coming days.
Furthermore, according to Podolyak, attacking the Kremlin had no military benefit for Ukraine.
What will come next for Russia?
Hardliners have urged that weapons capable of putting an end to and destroying the terrorist regime in Ukraine be employed, and the Kremlin has stated that Russia has the right to retaliate.
According to the state news agency TASS, The Guardian reports that the Victory Day parade will proceed as scheduled in spite of the suspected attack. Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, has put an immediate ban on flying unlicensed drones.
Putin uses Victory Day, a significant national festival commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, to rally the Russian people behind his “special military operation” in Ukraine. A sizable military parade is held to commemorate the occasion in Red Square, where seating has been provided.
Tracing Border-Breaking Attacks
Russia has accused Ukraine of several cross-border strikes since the start of the conflict.
According to reports, Kyiv purportedly carried out airstrikes on a Russian airport housing nuclear-armed strategic bomber jets in December. A drone crashed in February around 70 miles outside of Moscow’s city center.
A devastating bomb explosion that rocked a “Street Bar” cafe in the nation’s capital last month killed a military blogger named Vladlen Tatarsky and injured 19 others.
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Even though authorities have frequently made cryptic or ironic statements about such attacks, Kyiv typically declines to take responsibility for attacks against Russia or the Russian-annexed Crimea.
The alleged operation is said to have taken place during a time of rising hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, with Russia amassing troops at the border. Thousands of troops were allegedly stationed on Ukraine’s border by Moscow, a claim that Russia has refuted.
The US and its allies have expressed concern over the war’s progression and urged Russia to de-escalate the situation.