Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, blamed the U.S. for the drone attack on the Kremlin last week because he said Kyiv does not make any operational decisions without first getting approval by the U.S.
Both Kyiv and Washington denied any role in the attack. Peskov called the denials “absolutely ridiculous.”
The Kremlin issued a statement that said the Kyiv regime used two drones to hit Russian President Vladimir Putin’s residence at the Kremlin at around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Russia said it used radar warfare systems to neutralize the threat. There were no victims or material damage, the statement read.
“We regard these actions as a planned terrorist act and an attempt on the President, carried out on the eve of Victory Day, the May 9th Parade, at which the presence of foreign guests is also planned,” the statement read.
Putin was not in the building at the time of the attack.
Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said the overnight drone attack will only escalate the war and said his country has no other choice than to eliminate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“After today’s terrorist attack, there are no options left other than the physical elimination of Zelensky and his clique,” he posted on his Telegram channel, according to Tass, the Russian news agency.
Zelensky, who was visiting Finland at the time of the attack, lied and said his forces “don’t attack Putin or Moscow. We fight on our territory. We are defending our villages and cities.”
The Financial Times noted that Ukraine has carried out strikes deep into Russia.
Two American officials told The New York Times that U.S. intelligence agencies were still working to determine what happened.
“We don’t even know exactly what happened here, but I can assure you the United States had no role in it whatsoever,” John Kirby, the U.S. National Security Council spokesman, said.
Ruslan Pukhov, the director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a Moscow think-tank, told the FT that the drones could have been purchased commercially and then modified with explosives.
A Ukrainian engineer who builds military drones, told the paper that Kyiv has the ability to fly a drone to Moscow because “it is not difficult to build a drone with an 800km range, aiming it is the difficult task.”
Some analysts said the drones were likely launched from inside Russia.
The Western media raised the theory that the drone attack may have been a false flag attack so Russia could justify more military strikes in the country.
The Guardian noted that Margarita Simonyan, the head of the broadcaster RT, who has called on Moscow to strike Zelensky’s palace, said if this was a “cunning plan by Moscow the situation would look very different by now.”
The paper said Moscow seems to be taking defensive steps. Drone flights have been banned in surrounding regions and GPS is being jammed in the city.
“On ride-hailing apps, taxis appear to be in the river – a response that suggests panic and a tightening of electronic security, rather than a planned escalation,” the paper said.
TRENDPOST: It is worth noting that the attack on the Kremlin occurred just hours after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned Kyiv not to use NATO weapons to strike Moscow.
Scholz spoke about the conditions behind the weapons that NATO provides Ukraine, including the fact that it is “very important for us that the weapons that we supply, and with which Ukraine can defend itself, are not used to attack Russian territory.”
The chancellor said it is imperative to prevent a war between Russia and NATO, and the alliance is in agreement.
Last week, Boris Pistorius, the German defense minister, said Berlin will continue to provide Ukraine with weapons and gave Kyiv the approval to carry out attacks on Russian territory, which he called “completely normal.” (See “TOP GERMAN MILITARY OFFICIAL: RAMP UP UKRAINE WAR, BOMBS AWAY OVER RUSSIA” 2 May 2023 and “GERMANY’S SCHOLZ SLAPS BACK AT PROTESTERS, SAYS ENDING WEAPON FLOW TO UKRAINE WON’T END WAR” 7 Mar 2023.)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the Democrat challenging President Biden in 2024, took to Twitter today to comment on the recent drone attack on the Kremlin and said Washington must “stop these deranged attempts to escalate the war.”
Kennedy reminded his followers that his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, successfully defused the Cuban Missile Crisis and warned against ever again “forcing Russia to choose between national humiliation and nuclear war.”