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Amid unease in Moscow, Putin seeks to project calm after drone attack

By Francesca Ebel

31 May 2023 · 5 min read

informed Summary

  1. Ukraine has denied any involvement in the drone attack, and senior officials repeated those denials on Wednesday.

Several hours after dozens of enemy drones infiltrated the Russian capital, damaging two residential buildings, Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared unfazed before reporters, acting as if nothing unusual had happened.

Fielding a question that was clearly scripted, at an event to promote "creative" industries such as fashion, filmmaking, video game development and jewelry design, Putin played down the attack, saying that Moscow's air defense system had worked "properly."

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