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Putin Says Ukraine Tried To Scare Russians With Moscow Drone Attack

In response to the recent attacks, Putin says Ukraine tried to scare Russians with Moscow drone attack. He expressed concern that the attacks targeted civilians, but reassured the public that the country's air defenses effectively handled the threat.

Cecilia Jones
May 30, 2023517 Shares86179 Views
In response to the recent attacks, Putin says Ukraine tried to scare Russians with Moscow drone attack. He expressed concern that the attacks targeted civilians, but reassured the public that the country's air defenses effectively handled the threat.
According to the Russian defense ministry, at least eight drones caused minor damage. However, Kyiv has denied any involvement or responsibility for the attacks.
These drone strikes mark the first instance of Moscow being targeted by multiple drones since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin confirmed that no serious injuries were reported, although some drones landed in an upscale western suburb where senior officials reside.
During a televised address in Russia, President Vladimir Putin claimed that the drone attack on Moscow was a retaliatory measure in response to what he characterized as a Russian assault on Ukraine's military intelligence headquarters in recent days.
According to his statement:
In response to this, the Kyiv regime chose a different path - the path of attempts to intimidate Russia, to intimidate Russia's citizens, and of air strikes against residential buildings. This is obviously a sign of terrorist activity. They are provoking us into responding in kind.- Russian President, Vladimir Putin
Russia's foreign ministry has claimed that Western support for Kyiv is encouraging the Ukrainian leadership to engage in increasingly reckless criminal actions, including acts of terrorism. However, the US State Department reiterated its stance that it does not endorse attacks within Russia, stating that it is currently in the process of gathering information regarding the drone strikes.
The drone strikes on Moscow followed a separate attack on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, during the night, which reportedly resulted in at least one fatality. Ukrainian officials have stated that falling debris caused fires in buildings, while the country's air defenses successfully intercepted over 20 drones.
In the meantime, Russia's defense ministry has reported that all eight drones that targeted Moscow were successfully intercepted.
"Three of them were suppressed by electronic warfare, lost control, and deviated from their intended targets. Another five drones were shot down by the Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile system in the Moscow region," the ministry said.

Putin: Drone attack on Moscow 'terrorist activity'

The drone attacks struck several notable neighborhoods in Moscow, including Leninsky Prospekt, a grand boulevard with historical significance from the era of Josef Stalin. Additionally, a western suburb of Moscow, which houses President Putin's residence and other influential Russian figures, was also targeted.
While Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak stated that Kyiv was not directly involved in the attacks, he acknowledged that Ukraine had been observing the events and anticipated a potential rise in similar incidents.
President Putin acknowledged that although Moscow's air defenses had responded effectively to the drone attacks, there is still room for improvement. He emphasized the need to enhance and densify the air defense systems.
According to Viktor Sobolev, a former military officer, the attacks took the residents of Moscow completely by surprise. He mentioned in an interview with Federal Press that there were no prior warning signals indicating an impending aerial assault.
Sobolev explained that Russia's radar systems were unable to detect the low-flying drones, preventing the air raid alarms from being triggered. He suggested the development of systems capable of detecting drones flying at very low altitudes to address this vulnerability.

An Elite Community In The Forest

A parliament member has disclosed that three of the drones were successfully intercepted and shot down over Moscow's prestigious Rublyovka suburb. Situated in the wooded areas west of the capital, this region consists of various exclusive gated communities and is inhabited by numerous prominent figures from Russia's business, political, and cultural spheres.
Among the notable residents in Rublyovka are former president Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, and it is believed to be the main residence of President Putin, with his suburban residence of Novo-Ogaryovo located just a 10-minute drive away.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner Group, has often criticized the residents of the Rublyovka neighborhood, accusing them of being disconnected from the realities of Russia's engagement in Ukraine. Blaming the military officials residing in the suburb, the mercenary leader attributed Tuesday's drone attacks to their presence.
Expressing his frustration in a strongly-worded message on the messaging app Telegram, Prigozhin questioned why Russia was permitting drones to fly into Moscow, using explicit language to convey his dissatisfaction.
"Let your houses burn," he concluded defiantly.
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