The Kremlin, the seat of power in Russia, recently made a statement accusing Ukraine of attempting to kill President Vladimir Putin. This accusation comes after two unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down in the early hours of Wednesday, which the Kremlin claims were launched by Ukraine. The drones were allegedly aimed at the Kremlin but were neutralized before they could cause any harm.
The incident is being described as a “planned terrorist act and an attempt on the life of the President of the Russian Federation,” according to the Kremlin’s statement. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that President Putin was working at his residence near Moscow at the time and is unharmed. Peskov also stated that Putin will still attend the scheduled WWII Victory Day parade on Red Square next week.
As a precautionary measure, Moscow’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, announced a ban on unauthorized drone flights over the city. Sobyanin said that drone flights would be allowed only with special permits from government authorities.
The accusation by the Kremlin comes at a time when Ukraine is preparing for a fresh offensive against Russian troops. There have been signs of preparations being stepped up, with the frontline city of Kherson in southern Ukraine announcing a long curfew for residents. This curfew, which will be in place from Friday evening until Monday morning, is being imposed to allow law enforcement officers to do their job. However, similar long curfews have been used in the past for troop and arms movements.
Regional officials in Kherson have advised residents to stock up on food and medicine and carry identification documents at all times during the curfew. The curfew announcement came after a Russian strike on Kherson’s only working hypermarket on Wednesday, which left three people dead and five injured.
In response to the accusations made by the Kremlin, the Ukrainian government has denied any involvement in the drone attack. The situation remains tense, and it is unclear how the two countries will move forward.