Russia-Ukraine war news: U.S. denies Russian accusation of role in drone plot

U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on Thursday strenuously denied Russian allegations that Washington played a role in explosions at the Kremlin the day before.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier Thursday that the United States and Ukraine’s denials of involvement — in what Moscow alleged was a drone attack on the Kremlin targeting the residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin — were “absolutely ridiculous.” Decisions “about such terrorist attacks are made not in Kyiv, but in Washington, and Kyiv does what it is told,” Peskov said.

“One thing I can tell you for certain is that the United States was not involved in this incident in any way, contrary to Mr. Peskov’s lies,” Kirby told reporters Thursday. “We’re still looking at this. We haven’t come to any conclusions,” he said, adding that Russia had shown it didn’t need “pretexts” for attacking Ukraine.

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Karen DeYoung and David L. Stern contributed to this report.

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