Vladimir Putin’s car was allegedly targeted in a possible assassination attempt in response to the Ukraine war, according to reports citing information from the General GVR Telegram channel.
According to reports, Putin’s limousine was hit by a “strong blow” to the left front wheel followed by heavy smoke. In 2017, Putin publicly revealed that he had survived at least five assassination attempts.
Putin’s car was hit by a “strong blow” to the left front wheel, followed by “dense smoke”, The Sun reported. “On the way to the residence, a few kilometres away, the first escort car was blocked by an ambulance, [and] the second escort car drove around without stopping [due to the] sudden obstacle, and during the detour of the obstacle,” the new report quoted a source as saying.
Putin was unharmed as his car was driven to safety, but his security service reportedly made multiple arrests. Other bodyguards have reportedly disappeared amid claims that secret information about the 69-year-old ruler’s movements was compromised, according to the General SVR Telegram channel.
The anti-Kremlin channel claims that Putin was travelling back to his official residence in a decoy motorcade amid security fears. The “backup” convoy was made up of five armoured vehicles, with the president in the third, it was said.
It is unclear when the possible assassination attempt took place and the claim could not be immediately verified, The Sun noted.
The General SVR Telegram channel said: “On the way to the residence, a few kilometres away, the first escort car was blocked by an ambulance, (and) the second escort car circled without stopping (because of the) obstacle sudden and during the deflection of the obstacle”.
He added that Putin’s car “despite control problems” left the scene of the attack to reach the safety of the residence. He added: “Subsequently, the body of a man was found driving (the) ambulance, which blocked the first car in the motorcade.”
The channel, which has inside information from the Kremlin but does not provide hard evidence for its accusations, said details of the alleged attack were “classified”, The Mirror reported.
“The head of the president’s escort (service) and several other people have been suspended and are in custody,” the Telegram channel said, without naming anyone. “A narrow circle of people knew about the president’s movement in this entourage, and they were all from the presidential security service,” he said, adding that “after the incident, three of them disappeared. These were exactly the people who were in the first caravan car.
The report comes just a few months after Ukraine claimed the Russian president survived an assassination attempt after he was attacked while travelling. The country’s defence intelligence chief, Kyrylo Budanov, said there was a “failed attempt” on Putin’s life at the start of the war against Ukraine.
Also, last month, the daughter of the Kremlin leader’s ideologue was killed in a car bomb attack. Darya Dugina, daughter of Putin’s “mastermind of the war” Alexander Dugin, died while her father narrowly survived the blast.
In addition, the alleged new attack on Putin came amid claims that Russian officials are calling for the president’s resignation after the nation suffered “significant” setbacks amid a Ukrainian counterattack.
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