May 03, 2023

Kremlin Accuses Ukraine of Trying to Assassinate Putin With Drones

Source: Newsweek

Journalist: Isabel Van Brugen

Samuel Bendett, an adjunct senior fellow and advisor at the Center for a New American Security, who posted footage of the alleged attack on Twitter, told Newsweek that lots of details are still unclear.

Referring to footage of one of the drones Bendett said: "The drone appears to be sizable although it's not clear if it was launched from inside Ukraine, or from Russian territory proper."

The damage is minimal at this point, and it's unclear if the drone exploded as planned or was shot down by air defenses," he said.

Bendett said the drones "may" be Chinese-made Mugin-5s, "which Ukraine used before for striking Crimea" or Ukraine's own UJ-22 long-range drone.

He described the alleged attack as "psychological" and "demonstrating that Russia's political heartland that is the Kremlin is not safe."

"The attack just days before the planned May 9 Victory parade may also force Russia to change its plans, considering that such parades are already pared down or even canceled across many Russian cities," he said.

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  • Samuel Bendett

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Center (SP3), where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves research on the ...