Last update: May 03, 2023, 9:46 PM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin. (File photo/Reuters)
A Kremlin statement said the remains of the downed drones fell on the territory of the Kremlin complex, but there were no casualties or material damage.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was not injured in the drone attack which was allegedly launched by Ukraine against the Kremlin in an “assassination attempt” overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the 70-year-old leader was not present in the targeted building at the time of the alleged incident.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin was working at his residence in Novo Ogaryovo near Moscow on Wednesday at the time and would still take part in a parade planned for World War II Victory Day in Red Square next week as planned. Russia is marking the occasion with a huge military parade in Red Square, for which seats have already been erected.
Peskov told the news agency RIA Novosti that Putin was working today from the bunker of his residence in Novo Ogaryovo after the alleged drone attack.
A Kremlin statement said the remains of the downed drones fell on the territory of the Kremlin complex but there were no casualties or material damage.
Videos have emerged on social media where a plume of smoke above the Kremlin after the alleged attack can be seen.
#SHOW | Russia today alleged Ukraine attempted to assassinate President Putin, saying it was a ‘terrorist attack’ while claiming it shot down drones over the residence of Putin (Video: RT Russian News) pic.twitter.com/6b7jkeYluT
— ANI (@ANI) May 3, 2023
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has announced an immediate ban on unauthorized drone flights over the Russian capital.
In Red Square on Wednesday, the news agency AFP did not see any damage to the Kremlin dome but did see people climbing into the building.
“We did not attack Putin”
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has refuted Russian claims that kyiv tried to kill Putin, after the Kremlin said two drones were shot down by Russian defences.
“We did not attack Putin. We leave that to the court. We are fighting on our territory, we are defending our villages and towns,” Zelensky said as quoted by AFP at a joint press conference with Nordic leaders in Helsinki.
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