After two drones crashed into the Kremlin on Wednesday, Russia reportedly accused Ukraine of attempting to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Social media videos show a drone exploding and smoke billowing over the Kremlin’s roof.
Russia stated on its website that two drones were detected and shot down by Russian security forces, and that the collisions caused no material damage to the Kremlin itself.
In the immediate aftermath of the purported drone assault, Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, sent three fire emojis to his Telegram channel with no explanation. According to NBC News, he quickly erased the message afterward.
If Ukraine coordinated the strike, it would be a significant escalation, and a potentially dangerous one at that.
Mr. Putin was not in the building at the time of the claimed attack, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, and spent Wednesday working from one of his private properties on the Novo-Ogaryovo estate outside Moscow.
Throughout the conflict, the US has provided intelligence to Ukrainian troops.