The Institute of War (ISW) has said the alleged attack on the Kremlin on Wednesday was most likely organised by Russia to create an outcry from their citizens to assist with a wider mobilisation for the war in Ukraine.
Yesterday Moscow accused Kyiv of attacking the Kremlin and Moscow then threatened to retaliate against Ukraine for their so called “terrorist attack” in attempting to assassinate Vladimir Putin.
In a report the ISW said, “Several indicators suggest that the strike was internally conducted and purposefully staged.
“Russian authorities have recently taken steps to increase Russian domestic air defense capabilities, including within Moscow itself, and it is therefore extremely unlikely that two drones could have penetrated multiple layers of air defense and detonated or been shot down just over the heart of the Kremlin in a way that provided spectacular imagery caught nicely on camera.”
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The US think tank noted that the Kremlin’s immediate and coherent response to the so called attack suggests it was internally prepared.
The ISW report continued, “If the drone attack had not been internally staged it would have been a surprise event.
“It is very likely that the official Russian response would initially have been much more disorganized as Russian officials scrambled to generate a coherent narrative and offset the rhetorical implications of a clear informational embarrassment.
“The Kremlin has notably failed to generate a timely and coherent informational response to other military humiliations not of its own.”
The analysts added, “The Kremlin may be planning to conduct other false flag operations and increase disinformation ahead of a Ukrainian counteroffensive in order to increase domestic support for the war.
“The Ukrainian Resistance Center reported on May 2 that Russian forces in Bryansk and Kursk regions received Ukrainian uniforms in order to conduct a false flag operation in border areas.”