May 03, 2023

Ukraine Denies Kremlin’s Claim of Drone Assassination Attempt on Putin

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist: Mary Ilyushina

Privately, officials have acknowledged a Ukrainian role in some of the most dramatic strikes, such as last year’s drone attack on the Engels-2 strategic bomber air base in Saratov, hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border. Ukraine has also publicly said it that it is developing longer-range drones.

“Ukraine has demonstrated time and time again the ability to strike Russian territory, forcing uncomfortable questions about the state of Russian air defenses,” said Samuel Bendett, a military analyst at the Virginia-based research group CNA.

The drone attacks have been getting steadily closer to the Russian capital. In February, a UAV fell near the town of Kolomna, about 60 miles southeast of the city; in April, one fell a mere 18 miles to the east of Moscow.

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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 ...