A drone attack on the Kremlin this month was probably orchestrated by one of Ukraine’s special military or intelligence units, assessments by US spy agencies show, The New York Times said.
The newspaper said the attack appeared to be part of a series of covert operations that have made officials in the United States — Ukraine’s biggest supplier of military equipment — uncomfortable.
The US assessment was based on intercepted Russian and Ukrainian communications, the paper said.
The United States intercepted Ukrainian conversations in which officials said they believed their country was responsible for the attack and also intercepted Russian communications which indicated it was not some sort of false-flag operation by Russia, it added.
Russia says it said from the start that Ukraine was behind Kremlin drone attack
President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Russia had said from the start that Ukraine was behind a drone attack on the Kremlin.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied at the time that Ukraine was responsible.
"We immediately said that the Kyiv regime was behind this. In the end, it doesn’t make much difference which of the units of the Kyiv regime is behind it," spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
US officials don't believe Zelensky signs off on all covert operation
US officials said they do not believe Zelensky signs off on all covert operations, the paper said. It is unclear to what extent he is aware of such operations in advance, the officials were quoted as saying.
Russia accused Ukraine of trying to kill Putin in the attack. Zelensky promptly denied any Ukrainian involvement.
The Kremlin said the United States was behind the drone attack, a view Washington dismissed as ridiculous.