Video showing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motorcade rushing to the Kremlin sparks speculation
A video showing a motorcade driving towards the Kremlin building has sparked speculation about Russian President Vladimir Putin, especially after various reports about his health. The Russian government had to issue a denial after reports said Mr Putin entered the Kremlin but never left afterwards.
The 38-second video shared to Twitter on Saturday showed several vehicles with flashing lights heading towards the Kremlin in Moscow as several passers-by looked on. Mr. Putin’s armored limousine was also part of the motorcade.
Motorcade rushing to the Kremlin at 11:00 p.m. local time in Moscow. (There are about 1 hour) pic.twitter.com/0qHe3uCRw4
— Oliver Alexander (@OAlexanderDK) June 25, 2022
The footage was captured at 11 p.m. local time, according to Russian Telegram channel vckogpu. Newsweek bore the English translation of the accompanying text which reads: “Usually such nocturnal visits to something important. Especially in the context of topics discussed with [Belarussian President Alexander] Lukashenko.”
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But the Russian government has denied reports that President Putin would make an emergency declaration. “No, that’s not true,” Kremlin spokesman Smitry Peskov said as quoted by Newsweek.
The telegraphmeanwhile, reported that hours after Mr Putin’s motorcade entered the Kremlin, Russian missiles hit a building in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv – the first time this had happened since April.
A building in central Kyiv was partly destroyed by the missile strike and rescuers pulled a seven-year-old child from the rubble, according to the report.
“I heard four explosions, the first not too loud, the last three very loud, shaking the windows,” said Oleg Bobkov, a construction worker quoted by The telegraph. “I fled to the basement.”
In the ongoing war, Ukraine has now lost Severodonetsk to Russian troops. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who will address G7 leaders on Monday, said towns as far away as Lviv, near the Polish border, were hit by a wave of attacks on Saturday.
As the war enters its fifth month, the capture of Severodonetsk in the beleaguered Donbass region marks an important strategic victory for Moscow, which seeks full control of the east of the country after failing in its earlier goals.