A White House spokesperson claims that the US was only providing Ukraine with the needed training and equipment to retake their own territory.
While Washington does not support attacks inside Russia and concentrates on aiding Ukraine to retake its territory, the United States is still collecting information on reports of drones hitting Moscow, the White House said on Tuesday.
“We saw the news and are still gathering information about what happened. As general matter, we do not support attacks inside of Russia,” a White House spokesperson said in a statement.
Washington was “focused on providing Ukraine with the equipment and training they need to retake their own sovereign territory,” the spokesperson said, pointing out to Russian attacks on Kiev, which was struck by missiles or drones 17 times in May.
Earlier today, Andrey Vorobyov, the governor of the Moscow region, said several drones had been shot down as they approached Moscow.
“This morning, residents of some districts of the Moscow Region could hear the sounds of explosions – this is the work of our air defenses. Several drones were shot down on approach to Moscow,” the governor wrote on Telegram.
He asked residents to remain calm and said all emergency services are working.
On his part, Putin said Tuesday’s attack was an attempt to scare and provoke Russia and that air defenses around the capital would be strengthened.
The latest series of incidents involving UAVs comes after earlier this month, Moscow said Ukraine attempted to strike the Kremlin residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin with two drones.
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Putin was not in the Kremlin at that time, and Russia’s Investigative Committee initiated a case over a terrorist attack “in connection with an attempt by Kiev to strike” the Kremlin with drones.