Russia accuses US of attempting to assassinate Putin

Russia has accused the United States of America of being behind what it called an attempted assassination on Vladimir Putin, using two drones.

The Kremlin had revealed in a statement on Wednesday that two unmanned drones had been “put out of action” in an overnight attack on Kremlin. Remnants of the downed drones fell inside the Kremlin but did not injure anyone.

While it accused Ukraine of the attack, Russia said the operation was “a planned terrorist act and an attempt on the life of the President of the Russian Federation.”

The Kremlin, which did not provide evidence to support the claims, said it “reserves the right to take retaliatory measures where and when it sees fit.”

There were videos of the alleged attack circulating widely on social media showing an object exploding over the Kremlin, the building’s roof on fire and smoke rising from the area.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denied his country was behind the attack.

“We are not attacking Putin or Moscow,” he said at a news conference in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, where he was meeting the prime ministers of four Nordic nations.

“We are fighting on our own territory, defending our villages and cities,” he said. “We do not have enough weapons even for this. That is why we do not use them elsewhere. We have a deficit. We cannot use everything and everywhere.”

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