Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine for the drone strike that hit Moscow on Tuesday and said the strike was a response to a Russian attack on Ukraine’s military intelligence headquarters, carried out “two or three days ago”.
The Russian leader called the attack an act of terrorism. He also claimed that Russian air defense systems functioned “normally and satisfactorily”.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, eight drones attacked Moscow and its surroundings this Tuesday (30) and all of them were intercepted.
Officially, Ukraine denies involvement, but adviser to Ukraine’s president Mykhailo Podolyak said: “We are happy to observe” and predicted more attacks on Russian territory.
When commenting on the incident, Putin again justified the war that Russia started in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, blaming Kiev for the beginning of the crisis in the country in 2014.
“We did not unleash this war in 2014 – the Kiev regime unleashed a war in Donbass. And we did not use these means, which are used by Ukrainian bigwigs. Another confirmation of this is the attack on peaceful facilities in Moscow,” the president said.
He emphasized that, unlike the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian army only carries out precision strikes against military infrastructure installations, including “Ukraine’s military intelligence headquarters, which was hit two or three days ago”.
“As is known, the Kiev regime has chosen a different path, the path of attempts to intimidate Russia, intimidate Russian citizens and attack residential buildings. This, of course, is a clear sign of terrorist activity,” Putin said.
Reports of the installation of additional air defense systems in Moscow surfaced as early as January. At the time, pro-Kremlin military analysts predicted that the Russian capital could come under drone strikes.
The US, in commenting on the drone strikes, was cautious and said it was still collecting information about the incident. However, the White House stressed that the country does not support attacks on Russian territory and is focused on helping Ukraine regain its internationally recognized territory.
In contrast, Russia again attacked the Ukrainian capital of Kiev with Iranian Shahed-136/131 attack drones on Tuesday night. The Ukrainian Air Force said that in total the Russian army had launched 31 kamikaze drones, of which the Ukrainian air defense had destroyed 29. It was the 17th Russian attack of its kind against Kiev during the month of May.
Editing: Thales Schmidt