Ukrainian secret service agents tried to assassinate Vladimir Putin with a kamikaze drone laden with explosives but their top secret mission failed after the UAV crashed a few miles short of their target, it has been claimed.
The Ukrainian forces reportedly launched the UJ-22 drone, laden with 17 kilograms of explosives, from Ukraine on Sunday with the aim of reaching a newly built industrial estate near Moscow where Putin was due to visit, German newspaper Bild claims.
But before the deadly drone reached the Rudnevo industrial park on its apparent mission to assassinate the Russian despot, it crashed mere miles away from the site, Bild claimed while citing a tweet by Ukrainian activist Yuriy Romanenko.
Romanenko, who claims to have close ties to Kyiv’s intelligence services, alleged that Ukrainian secret service agents had received ‘information’ about Putin’s apparent trip to the industrial site and had decided to launch the deadly drone in an attempt to assassinate the president.
He claimed that the UJ-22 drone packed with 17 kilograms of C4 plastic explosives that had crashed in Voroskogo village, 12 miles east of the Rudnevo industrial park was the one that Ukrainian forces had launched as part of the assassination plot.
The Ukrainian forces reportedly launched the UJ-22 drone, laden with 17 kilograms of explosives, from Ukraine on Sunday, Bild claims. Pictured: A Ukrainian drone that crashed near the village of Voroskogo
Yuriy Romanenko claimed that the UJ-22 drone packed with 17 kilograms of C4 plastic explosives that had crashed in Voroskogo village, 12 miles east of the Rudnevo industrial park was the one that Ukrainian forces had launched as part of the assassination plot
The UJ-22 drone packed with 17 kilograms of C4 plastic explosives =
Ukrainian secret service agents tried to assassinate Vladimir Putin with a kamikaze drone laden with explosives, it has been claimed
In a tweet cited by Bild, Romanenko said: ‘Putin we are getting closer. Everyone saw the news about the drone that flew to Moscow, but did not explode? So, this drone flew for a reason.
‘Last week, our intelligence officers received information about Putin’s trip to the industrial park in Rudnevo. Accordingly, our kamikaze drone took off, which flew through all the air defenses of the Russian Federation and crashed not far from the industrial park.’
A UJ-22 drone did crash near Vorokogo village on Sunday, with images posted on social media sites including Telegram showing the destroyed UAV in a forest near Moscow.
The drone was laden with 30 C4 plastic explosive blocks weighing 17 kilograms, which are often used by the US army.
Bild, citing Romanenko, claims that the drone was supposed to crash into Rudnevo industrial park and kill Putin, who was reportedly expected at the site on Sunday.
Putin propagandist Paval Zarubin said on Sunday morning that Putin was planning to ‘visit an industrial park in Moscow’ without giving timings.
The UJ-22 drone was packed with 17 kilograms of C4 plastic explosives. It has been claimed that the drone was intended to assassinate Putin
Video posted on social media showed the lawn in front of the Rudnevo industrial park had been spray painted green. It was said this was in preparation for Putin’s arrival.
However, it is not clear when Putin was planning on to visit the site given how secretive he is about his travel plans over fears of assassination plots, reports Bild.
Apparently Putin had not been there until today. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday: ‘Russian President Vladimir Putin works in the Kremlin. The head of state is not planning any major public events.’
However Bild cited Romanenko claiming that there was an assassination attempt.
He said: ‘Considering how much Putin is obsessed with his own security, this story could have huge implications for the Kremlin towers’.
And Ukraine expert Sergej Sumlenny told the newspaper: ‘It is clear that a precision strike against the Russian head of state with a kamikaze drone is an almost impossible action.
‘But the very fact that such a drone would reach a place where Putin plans to stay is a slap in the face for the Russian dictator.’
Putin is incredibly paranoid about his safety and constantly fears he will be assassinated, those close to the despot have said.
The Russian despot has even set up identical offices across Russia to confuse assassins in another sign the despot is paranoid about his safety, a Russian intelligence officer who fled the country over the Ukraine war said earlier this month.
Putin designed offices in his luxury mansions in St Petersburg, Sochi and Novo-Ogaryovo to look the same, according to Gleb Karakulov, an officer in the Kremlin leader’s secretive elite personal security service.
The rooms are identical, with matching details such as desk and wall hangings, and official reports sometimes say he’s in one place when he’s actually in another.
When Putin was in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, security officials would pretend he was leaving and deploy a plane and motorcade, when he was in fact still in the city, the defector revealed.
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