Russia’s ex-leader Medvedev calls for ‘elimination’ of Zelensky

AFP, Wednesday 3 May 2023

Russia’s ex-president Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday called for the “physical elimination” of Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky after Moscow accused Kyiv of a drone attack on the Kremlin

Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman and the head of the UnitedRussia party Dmitry Medvedev speaks to employees of the military-industrial corporation NPO Mashinostroyenia in Reutov, outside Moscow, Russia,Tuesday, April 25, 2023. AP

“After today’s terrorist attack, there are no options left aside the physical elimination of Zelensky and his cabal,” said Medvedev, who has been increasingly hawkish since Moscow’s Ukraine offensive.

Russia said Wednesday it had shot down two drones aimed at President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin residence in what it called a Ukrainian “terrorist” assassination attempt.

“Today at night, the Kyiv regime attempted to strike the Kremlin residence of the President of the Russian Federation with unmanned aerial vehicles,” the Kremlin said.

“Two unmanned vehicles were aimed at the Kremlin… the devices were put out of action,” a Kremlin statement said.

The operation was described as “a planned terrorist act and an attempt on the life of the President of the Russian Federation”.

Moscow said Putin was not hurt and there were no casualties.

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denied the Russian claim that Kyiv sent drones to hit Kremlin

“We don’t attack Putin or Moscow. We fight on our territory. We’re defending our villages and cities,” he said at a news conference.

This article was originally published by Agence France-Presse (AFP).