Four U.S. officials asserted that the Biden administration was unaware of any anticipated drone strike on the Kremlin, and a senior official advised reserving judgement in light of Moscow’s assertions.
However, Russia claimed on Wednesday President Vladimir Putin wasn’t at the building and that the two drones flew into the centre of Moscow overnight to kill him. The claim has been rejected by Kyiv, and officials have stated that Ukraine had nothing to do with the assault. Instead, they claim that the Kremlin is using it as a cover to intensify its 14-month conflict.
In a Wednesday conversation with David Ignatius of the Washington Post, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that he would treat anything coming from the Kremlin with “a large shaker of salt.”
For Ukraine, “We had no advance knowledge,” said one of the officials, who, like the others, was given anonymity to speak freely about a delicate subject. Another person responded, “We are looking into the information but are unable to confirm or corroborate its legitimacy.
The administration will update Senate Intelligence Committee members on Wednesday at 2:30 PM. Requests for comment from U.S. intelligence organisations went unanswered.
Experts are skeptical that Ukraine would be so bold as to attempt to assassinate President Putin in the Russian capital. “The idea that this was an assassination attempt is absolutely ludicrous,” said Alina Polyakova, President and CEO of the Centre for European Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C. The Kremlin is a bunker, and this seemed to be a barely functional drone with little destructive potential.
However, there have been some mysterious attacks in recent months, raising concerns about Kyiv’s level of involvement. The Nordstream pipes were allegedly destroyed last year by a pro-Ukrainian gang, despite the fact that a Russian naval ship was nearby at the time of the explosion.
Even if it is proven that Ukraine was behind an actual drone assault, some people are unconcerned. “The Kremlin whining about a drone strike that hits the Kremlin merits zero sympathy,” said retired Gen. Ben Hodges, the former commander of U.S. Army Europe. “After 14 months of deadly Russian strikes against civilian targets across all of Ukraine,” he said.