The Press Service of the Russian President reported that last night, May 3, Ukraine tried to strike the Kremlin with two drones. The authorities said Russia reserves the right to retaliate “where and when it sees fit.” Vladimir Putin was not in the Kremlin during the assault.
“Last night, the Kyiv regime made an attempt to strike with two unmanned aerial vehicles on the President’s residence,” the Kremlin said. “As a result of prompt steps taken by the military and special services with the use of radar warfare systems, the vehicles were disabled. No victims or material damage were recorded as a result of their fall and spray along the Kremlin,” the Press Service said.
The presidential press service emphasized that Vladimir Putin was not injured because of this attack. “The working schedule has not changed, it continues as usual,” the press service said. Earlier, on May 3, the Kremlin website posted about the meeting between the President and the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Oleg Nikitin. President’s Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin was in Novo-Ogaryovo at that time. “The parade on Red Square on May 9 will take place, there are no changes in plans,” Mr. Peskov added.
The Kremlin called the drone attack a planned terrorist act and an assassination attempt on the president, “on the eve of Victory Day, the May 9 Parade, which is planned to be attended by foreign guests.”
“Russia reserves the right to take retaliatory measures where and when it sees fit,” the statement says.
On the night of May 3, social networks published a video of towering plume of white smoke against the Kremlin background. Municipal officials and law enforcement agencies did not comment on this case. On May 3, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has banned the use of UAVs in Moscow.