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Top Russian official after drone 'attack' on Putin: "No options left but to eliminate Zelensky"

Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia's Security Council, said that after the purported drone assault on the Kremlin by Ukraine, Moscow had no choice but to “physically eliminate” the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

According to Tass, Medvedev said on his Telegram channel that Zelensky and his circle could only be physically eliminated in the wake of today's terrorist incident.

MOSCOW TERMINALIZES IT AS AN ACT

This warning follows a claim by Russia that it stopped a drone assault by Ukraine on the Kremlin early on Wednesday. Russia described the incident as a failed effort to assassinate President Vladimir Putin and vowed to react for what it termed a “terrorist” act.

The Ukrainian president, however, refuted the claim and insisted that his country did not target Moscow or Putin.

Russian officials said that the purported assault happened over night, however there was no independent confirmation of the occurrence and no proof was offered to back it up.

In one video, smoke could be seen rising over the structures across the river from the Kremlin. It was shared overnight on a local Moscow news Telegram channel.

Another video that circulated on social media showed a drone bursting in a blaze of flames close to a flagpole flying the Russian tricolor, over the top of the Senate Palace in the Kremlin.

WHERE WAS PUTIN WHEN THE ASSAULT TOOK PLACE

Putin's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told the Russian official news agency RIA Novosti that the Russian president was not in the Kremlin at the time but rather at his Novo-Ogaryovo house outside of Moscow.

No casualties were recorded because, according to the Kremlin, the drones were intercepted by Russian security and military services before they could do any damage.

According to the Kremlin's official website, drone debris that landed on the property did not do any harm.

WHAT THE UN AND THE US SAID

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the United States was “unable to confirm the authenticity” of Russia's assertion.

Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, also questioned the validity of the study. At a gathering in Washington, Blinken declared, “I would take anything coming out of the Kremlin with a very large shaker of salt.”

Farhan Haq, the UN's deputy spokesperson, said that the organization is unable to validate these claims. Haq stated, “We strongly urge everyone affected to avoid from any language or behavior that might exacerbate the situation.

The 14-month battle would have significantly escalated with the alleged drone assault, which would have brought the dispute to the center of Russian power.

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