The U.S. officials believe the drone attack at the Kremlin, which Moscow described as an assassination attempt on Vladimir Putin, was carried out by Ukraine.
The U.S. intelligence agencies said the drone attack was believed to have been carried out by a special military or intelligence unit from Ukraine. It was clear whether the Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy or his top aides were aware of the operation, the New York Times reported.
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The intel agencies have reached a preliminary assessment regarding the drone attack on the Kremlin, based on intercepted communication from Ukrainian and Russian officials. But officials said their confidence in directly attributing the attack to the Ukrainian leadership is currently low due to the lack of specific evidence.
On May 3, two drones attacked the Kremlin, but they did little damage as Russia disabled them. The attack raised worries among U.S. officials, especially since Washington is a major supply of military equipment to the war-torn nation.
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Team Biden is concerned about the possibility of repercussions if Putin was to blame Washington for the attack, leading to a war spreading beyond Ukraine's borders.
The U.S. officials also believe that Kyiv played a role in the assassination of a prominent Russian nationalist s daughter, the murder of a pro-Russian blogger, and several recent assaults in Russian cities.