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Zelenskyy hits back at Putin claims – and denies targeting Russian leader’s home with drone attacks

After Moscow accused Kyiv of two drone attacks against the Russian leader’s house, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Vladimir Putin needed to “motivate his people” as he had “no victory”.

Zelenskyy has denied that he targeted Mr Putin after the Russian President threatened retaliation.

Zelenskyy said at a Helsinki news conference: “We do not attack Putin or Moscow. We fight on our own territory.” “We are defending our cities and villages.”

The Kremlin blames Ukraine and claims that the Russian military and security forces have disabled the drones.


President Putin did not suffer any injuries, the report added.

Ukraine Latest – Putin’s ‘assassination’ attempt as Kremlin’s home is ‘attacked”

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“We did not attack Putin”

In response, the influential speaker of the Russian parliament demanded that “weapons capable stopping and destroying Kyiv’s terrorist regime” be used.

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Vyacheslav Volodin, in a Telegram statement, said that Russia should not have negotiations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy following the alleged attack.

The Kremlin released a statement saying that “on Wednesday night, the Kyiv government attempted to strike the Kremlin residence for Russian President Vladimir Putin using an UAV.”

“Two unmanned aircraft were targeted at the Kremlin.

The vehicles were disabled as a result timely actions taken by military and special service personnel using radar warfare systems.

The Kremlin has not provided any evidence that supports its claim, including its allegation that it was an attempted assassination. Russia is preparing to celebrate its annual Victory Day on Tuesday.

The statement said that Russia reserves the right to retaliate, suggesting that Moscow could use the alleged attack as a way to escalate its war against Ukraine.

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Analysis on a ‘terrorist drone attack

Video appears to show a flying object exploding

On Russian social media, clips appear to show an object flying over the dome of Kremlin Senate building that overlooks Red Square.

A second video shows a plume rising above the Kremlin after the alleged incident.

Sky News was unable to independently confirm the footage.

Putin is not in the Kremlin

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesperson, told the Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti at the time that Mr Putin wasn’t in the Kremlin and was working outside of Moscow in Novo-Ogaryovo.

The Kremlin also added that the schedule of Mr Putin remains unchanged.

Mr Peskov confirmed that the parade for Victory Day in Russia will take place on 9 May as planned. The public holiday celebrates the Soviet Victory in World War II over Nazi Germany and gives Mr Putin an opportunity to rally Russians around his “special military operations” in Ukraine.

is causing Moscow to beef up security, while other Russian regions are reducing their celebrations out of fear that pro-Ukrainian terrorists could target the festivities .

Before the news of the alleged drone attack was released, Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow announced that the city would immediately ban unauthorised drone flights.

Image: Vladimir Putin at a meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo home outside of Moscow. Pic: AP

Kyiv denies carrying out an alleged strike

Senior Ukrainian officials said that Kyiv was not involved in the drone attack.

Mykhailo Podolyak, the presidential adviser, said that the Kremlin’s accusations suggest Russia may be preparing a large-scale “terrorist” attack against Ukraine within the next few days.

“Ofcourse, Ukraine has no connection with drone attacks against the Kremlin. He said that we do not attack Kremlin, because it doesn’t solve any military issues.

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He said: “In my view, it’s absolutely clear that both reports about an attack on Kremlin and simultaneous

The supposed detention by Russia of Ukrainian saboteurs on Crimea… indicates that Russia is preparing a massive terrorist provocation in the next few days.”

Image: After the attack, people gather around the dome of the Kremlin Senate Building

Ukraine Air Strike Alerts

Ukraine issued alerts about airstrikes over Kyiv, and other cities, shortly after the Kremlin made its accusation.

Sean Bell, a military analyst at Sky News, said that Ukraine had been “doing a lot of drone activity”, but that it felt “a bit odd” that Ukraine would “be so audacious to mount something in Moscow”.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Washington Post in an interview that Washington was unable to validate the reports Ukraine targeted Mr Putin. He added that anything coming from the Kremlin should be taken “with a big shaker of sea salt”.

Blinken responded that Ukraine would decide on how to defend themselves.

Russian allegations of cross-border attack

Since the beginning of the conflict, Russia has accused Ukraine several cross-border assaults. These include strikes in December against an airbase deep within Russian territory which houses strategic bomber aircraft equipped with nuclear weapons.

A drone crashed in Kolomna on February 14, around 110km (70 miles) from Moscow’s centre.


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