OAN’s Noah Herring
3:49 PM – Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to retaliate for what he claims is a drone attack on Moscow by Ukraine.
The Russian president has accused Ukraine of “terrorist activities” and “provoking them to respond with retaliatory measures.”
At least eight Ukrainian armed drones landed in the Moscow region early Tuesday morning, damaging several buildings, according to Russian officials.
The Russian Defense Ministry said five drones were shot down during the attack and three others were electronically jammed. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said several buildings were slightly damaged in the “terrorist attack” and there were no reports of deaths or injuries.
Putin did not specify how Russia would respond to the attack, but insisted that Russia did not attack civilian targets in Ukraine. He also cited the possibility of nuclear warfare escalating after accusing Ukraine of trying to attack a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia.
The Russian president said the Ukrainian government was “trying to intimidate Russia and its people and attack civilian buildings.” Of course, this is a clear sign of terrorist activity,” he said, adding that Moscow’s air defenses would be strengthened.
Mikhail Podlyak, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, denied that Ukraine was behind the drone strikes, but predicted more attacks would follow, saying “we are watching with pleasure”. .
The attack on Moscow comes amid several waves of Russian attacks on the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Several other cities were also hit, with four people killed and 34 hospitalized after the attack on the country, according to Ukraine’s deputy interior minister Ihor Klimenko.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces say they estimate that more than 207,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded since the start of the war.
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