On the night of May 2-3, two kamikaze drones hit the Kremlin building in the center of Moscow. Russia blamed Ukraine for the attack.
According to Russian media, the building of the Senate Palace suffered minor damage. The first UAV hit at 2.27 Moscow time. At this time, FSO officers examined the roof of the Senate Palace in the Kremlin, this was recorded on video. After 16 minutes at 2.43 a second blow followed.
The Russian authorities tend to believe that this terrorist attack was carried out by Ukraine in order to eliminate Vladimir Putin.
This was followed by several statements by Russian and Ukrainian officials.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the president was not in the Kremlin at the time of the strike, at which time Putin was in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence near Moscow:
Putin’s work schedule continues as usual. The Russian side reserves the right to take retaliatory measures where and when it sees fit.
State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that Russia must use weapons that will stop terrorist attacks:
The terrorist act against the President of the Russian Federation is an attack on Russia. We will demand the use of weapons capable of stopping and destroying the Kiev terrorist regime.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for the physical elimination of Zelensky in response to the attack on the Kremlin:
After today’s terrorist attack, there are no options left except for the physical elimination of Zelensky and his cabal.
Press Secretary of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky Sergey Nikiforov commented on these events:
We have no information about the so-called night attacks on the Kremlin. All available forces and means Ukraine directs to the liberation of territories, and not to the attack of strangers.
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak said that Moscow is preparing a large-scale provocation:
Russia is clearly preparing a large-scale terrorist attack. Therefore, at first a large group of alleged saboteurs is detained in Crimea. And then they demonstrate ‘drones over the Kremlin’
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin introduced a total ban on drone flights over Moscow:
[We] have decided to introduce a ban on the launch of unmanned aerial vehicles in the city of Moscow from today, with the exception of UAVs used by decisions of state authorities.
The attack on the Kremlin is likely to be followed by a retaliatory strike against Ukraine’s infrastructure.