The Kremlin has accused the United States of orchestrating the drone attack on President Vladimir Putin’s residence in the Kremlin, which it claims was carried out by Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that “decisions on such attacks are not made in Kyiv, but in Washington,” and that the Kremlin is increasing security in Moscow ahead of Victory Day celebrations. The White House National Security Council, however, denies any involvement in the reported incident. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also denied any involvement, stating that they “fight on our territory.” Russia claims that the Vatican has no detailed plans for resolving the conflict in Ukraine, despite Pope Francis’ consistent calls for peace. Meanwhile, Mr Zelensky has visited the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which in March issued an arrest warrant for Mr Putin for alleged deportation of children from Ukraine.
The Kremlin survived an alleged assassination attempt on President Putin by Ukrainian drones, according to reports. Footage captured by Moscow residents showed explosions and smoke above the Kremlin following the attack, which occurred shortly after 2 a.m. local time. The Russian presidential administration has described the incident as a “planned terrorist attack” and an “assassination attempt on the president of Russia.” Authorities are now threatening to take “retaliatory measures” against Ukraine. The incident has raised concerns over security, especially with Russia’s main Victory Day parade on Red Square approaching, an event that authorities fear could be disrupted by drone attacks. Ukrainian authorities have yet to comment on the purported attack but have previously denied carrying out attacks on Russian territory.