Russia has accused Ukraine of launching a drone attack aimed at assassinating President Vladimir Putin.
According to reports, the drones targeted the president's official residence, which is located in the Kremlin complex in the heart of Moscow.
Videos show a drone flying towards and exploding over the Kremlin Senate building, with another video showing the dome of the Senate building on fire. The Kremlin has labeled the attack as a "planned terrorist attack and an attempt on the life of the president."
Russian security services claim to have taken out two drones. Putin was not present in the complex at the time of the attack.
Ukraine has categorically denied any involvement in the drone attack.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, has been quoted by The New York Times saying, "Ukraine definitely has nothing to do with the drone attacks on the Kremlin."
Podolyak suggested that Russia may use the claim to launch another attack against Ukraine in the coming days. Ukrainian officials have also stated that they are willing to cooperate in any investigation into the attack.
The drone attack on the Kremlin is likely to further escalate tensions between the two countries. The Kremlin has warned of the right to retaliate, which could lead to a further escalation of the ongoing conflict. The US has called for calm and for both sides to refrain from any actions that could further escalate the conflict.
An appeal from Swarajya
At Swarajya, we rely on our readers' support through subscriptions to sustain our media platform. Unlike larger conglomerates, we are unable to relentlessly chase advertising money — our model is largely built on your patronage.
Your support has never been more crucial. We work tirelessly to deliver 10-15 high-quality articles daily, ensuring you receive insightful content from 7 AM to 10 PM.
If you believe India's story has to be articulated in a way it has never been done before without shrugging it off, become a patron (or) subscribe now for ₹̶2̶4̶0̶0̶ ₹1999 and get 12 print issues, unlimited digital access for 1 year, a special India that is Bharat T-shirt (Offer ends soon).
We are counting on you!