Russia claims that Ukraine launched an assassination attempt on Vladimir Putin overnight.
It said that drones dispatched by Kyiv were intended towards Putin’s house in the Kremlin citadel in a “planned terrorist action.”
According to Russian sources, the President was not hurt, and there was no significant damage to the Kremlin’s buildings.
Ukraine has denied responsibility for the drone strike.
In a statement taking aim at the President Zelensky’s government, a Russian spokesman said: “On Wednesday night, the Kyiv regime made an attempt to strike using a UAV the Kremlin residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Two unmanned aerial vehicles were aimed at the Kremlin.
“As a result of timely actions taken by the military and special services with the use of radar warfare systems, the vehicles were disabled.”
Video footage circulating on Russian social media shows a pure of smoke over the top of the walled government complex in Moscow.
The country’s state-run news agency, RIA, added that the Kremlin had “assessed these actions as a planned terrorist act and an assassination attempt on the president on the eve of Victory Day, the May 9 Parade.”
It said: “The Kremlin has assessed these actions as a planned terrorist act and an assassination attempt on the president on the eve of Victory Day, the May 9 Parade.”