Is Russia covering up an attempted assassination of Putin?

Sputnik/Kremlin via Reuters

Sputnik/Kremlin via Reuters

A drone that crashed outside Moscow Earlier this week she was loaded with 17 kilos of explosives to be taken away Russian President Vladimir Putinaccording to a new report.

The German news agency Pictureciting unnamed sources, claimed Thursday that Russian authorities are trying to sustain the failed attack through Ukraine a secret. The alleged attack acc Picturetook place on Sunday, when Russian media reported that a drone had crashed in a village not far from the Rudnevo industrial park where the Russian leader was rumored to be planning a visit.

It remains unclear whether Putin was actually supposed to visit Rudnevo that day. It is also unclear how the Ukrainian authorities could have known about the movements of the Russian leader if such an assassination attempt actually took place.

Yuriy Romanenko, a Ukrainian activist, tweeted the day after the drone crash, claiming there was much more to the story than what had been reported.

“Last week, our intelligence officials received information about Putin’s trip to the Rudnevo industrial park. Accordingly, our guys launched a kamikaze drone, which flew through all the air defenses of the Russian Federation and crashed not far from the industrial zone,” Romanenko claimed at the time.

The claims come amid heightened fears in Russia that Ukraine could bring the war to Russian territory after a spate of drone strikes in recent weeks. On Thursday night, Russians in and around St. Petersburg woke up to the sound of an explosion that reportedly left a massive crater on the site of an old thermal power plant.

The investigative committee confirmed the blast after residents of Russia’s second largest city flooded social media with panicked news about the blast. Investigators say the blast in Pavlovsk, about 30 kilometers from St. Petersburg, was caused by an “unidentified device” at the site of an old, disused thermal power plant.

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“The building of the former boiler station no longer exists,” according to the Fontanka news agency reportedIt should be noted that a crater about 6 meters wide and 1.5 meters deep can be seen at the point.

The site is not far from an air force base where Russian military aircraft are repaired.

A nearby equestrian club was also reportedly damaged by the blast.

A worker at this club told Speaking to local media, he had felt the shockwave of the blast, adding: “Let’s just say if it had happened any closer I wouldn’t be speaking to you.”

Several pro-war Russian military bloggers suggested the airbase may have been attacked, but there was no immediate confirmation of this from law enforcement.

There was also a bomb attack in the town of Melitopol – located in Ukrainian territory currently occupied by Russia – where a Russian-backed police officer was reportedly killed by a bomb early Thursday. Both Ukrainian authorities and Russian puppet leaders in the Zaporizhia region reported that 42-year-old Alexander Mishchenko was killed in an explosion near the entrance of a residential building shortly after 5 a.m. local time.

Russian state media accused an “improvised explosive device” for the explosion. Vladimir Rogov, an official in the Russian-backed government, called it a “terrorist attack” by Ukraine in a statement on Telegram.

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