Tensions Rise as Explosions Rock Kyiv and Other Ukrainian Cities

Tensions Rise as Explosions Rock Kyiv and Other Ukrainian Cities

…By Henry George for TDPel Media.

In the early hours of Thursday, explosions rocked Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, following Russia’s accusations that Ukraine attempted to assassinate Vladimir Putin in a drone attack on the Kremlin.

The regional military administration in Kyiv said that air defences were operating in the region, while Reuters witnesses reported at least one loud blast.

There were also reports of explosions in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia and the Black Sea port of Odesa, with air alerts sounding in most of the eastern half of the country.

Ukrainian air defences later announced that they had downed 18 of the 24 kamikaze drones that Russia launched in the pre-dawn attack.

Attempted Strikes on Kyiv

The Kyiv city administration stated that all missiles and drones targeting the city had been destroyed.

According to the administration, “The Russians have attacked Kyiv using Shahed loitering munitions and missiles, likely the ballistic type.


” Meanwhile, the southern military command of Ukraine said that 12 of the 15 Shahed kamikaze drones fired at Odesa were destroyed by air defences, while three hit a university compound with no casualties reported.

The Ukrainian claims could not be verified.

Accusations and Denials

Russia’s accusations came after it claimed that two unmanned aerial vehicles had targeted the Kremlin, but that they had been destroyed.

The Kremlin released a statement calling the attack a “planned terrorist act” and an “attempt on the president’s life.

” However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied any involvement in the incident, stating that Kyiv had nothing to do with it.

A senior aide to Zelensky called the accusation a sign that the Kremlin was planning a major new attack on Ukraine at a time of potential turning point in the war.

Analysis and Commentaries


The recent wave of attempted strikes on Ukrainian cities, along with Russia’s accusations, has added to the already heightened tensions between the two nations.

The situation is particularly concerning as it comes ahead of the May 9 Victory Day Parade, which celebrates the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, and which Russia plans to hold in Moscow.

The presence of foreign guests is also expected, and the accusations of a drone attack on the Kremlin on the eve of the event have added to the tensions.

Some Western analysts have suggested that Russia may have staged the incident to pin the blame on Ukraine and justify a crushing response.

Meanwhile, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev’s comments that the incident “leaves us no option but to physically eliminate Zelensky and his clique” highlight the seriousness of the situation.

The potential for a large-scale terrorist provocation by Russia, as suggested by Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, is a cause for concern.

The recent drone attack on the Ilsky refinery in southern Russia, which Tass reported, adds to the tension, and it remains to be seen how the situation will develop.

The White House has said that it cannot authenticate the allegations made by Russia regarding Ukraine’s involvement in the drone attack on the Kremlin.


The situation is one to watch, with the potential for further escalation if tensions continue to rise.

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