Kremlin says Ukraine attempted to launch drone strike on Putin’s Moscow residence
The Kremlin’s press service reported Wednesday that two Ukrainian drones tried to carry out an attack on Vladimir Putin’s residence in the Kremlin on Tuesday night.
In a statement, the Kremlin said the drones were “incapacitated” by “the timely actions of military and intelligence services using radar systems,” and that there were no injuries and no buildings were damaged. They added that Putin’s work schedule has not changed and that Russia reserves the right to “take retaliatory measures when and where it considers necessary.”
A Telegram channel for local residents posted a video late Tuesday night that showed smoke rising near the Kremlin. Residents reported hearing a "boom" that sounded like a "thunderclap."
The Russian authorities also said they consider the incident a "planned terrorist act and an assassination attempt against the president of the Russian Federation," noting that it occurred shortly before the country's Victory Day, for which Russia is expecting "foreign guests."
According to Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the president was not in the Kremlin at the moment of the purported attack.
Earlier on Wednesday, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced that drones were to be banned in the city beginning on May 3.
This is a developing story.