On Thursday, Russian officials charged that the U.S. was behind a drone attack that struck the Kremlin, possibly in an effort to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Moscow knows that Kyiv chooses the means and targets for strikes under Washington’s direction,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to a translation provided by U.S. News & World Report. “Attempts to deny this – both in Kyiv and in Washington – are, of course, absolutely ridiculous.”
Figures representing the White House have denied American involvement.
“Obviously it’s a ludicrous claim,” White House national security spokesman John Kirby reportedly told CNN.
“The United States has nothing to do with it. We don’t even know exactly what happened here, but I can assure you the United States had no role in it whatsoever.”
“Attempts to disown this, both in Kyiv and in Washington, are, of course, absolutely ridiculous,” commented Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to the New York Post. “We know very well that decisions about such actions, about such terrorist attacks, are made not in Kyiv but in Washington.”
Kirby also claimed that the U.S. does not back any type of attacks on individual leaders.
Apparently Joe Biden disagrees given that he proclaimed in March of last year that Putin “cannot remain in power,” also referring to him as a “butcher” on the same day.
Later that month, Biden doubled down, insisting that he will not walk “anything back,” adding that he was simply “expressing the moral outrage” that he felt at the time and will “make no apologies for it.”
According to Spectator Index, Russia reported that the Kremlin was struck by two Ukrainian drones overnight, but there were both taken down with zero casualties or material damage to the building.
A video was posted to Twitter allegedly showing the attacks.
KREMLIN DRONE ATTACK
– Russia says two Ukrainian drones attacked Kremlin overnight
– Drones downed with no victims or material damage to the Kremlin
– Moscow says it was a terrorist attack and attempt on Putin's life
– Russia says it reserves right to respond when and how it… pic.twitter.com/loZA6c3Fvd
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) May 3, 2023
Joining the U.S., Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also declared that he took no part in the drone attacks.
“We are not attacking Putin or Moscow,” he stated, adding, “We are fighting on our own territory, defending our villages and cities.
“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.”