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1. Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking Kremlin with drones

Russia claimed Wednesday that it foiled an attempt by Ukraine to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin with two drones that hit the Kremlin. Ukraine's leaders denied the accusation, which Russia made without providing any evidence of an attempt on Putin's life. "We don't attack Putin or Moscow," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on a visit to Finland. "We fight on our territory. We are defending our villages and cities." Three U.S. officials told NBC News that Washington received no advance notice of any such attack, and expressed skepticism that a drone could get anywhere near the Kremlin with all of the air defenses concentrated in Moscow to protect it. Even a blocked strike against the Russian capital would show surprising vulnerability. Russian nationalists expressed outrage and called for retaliation.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.