Smoke over Kremlin as Vladimir Putin accuses Ukraine of assassination drone attack

Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of launching a drone assassination attack on the Kremlin.

A video circulating on Russian social media appeared to show a plume of smoke over Moscow's Kremlin, after what the presidential administration said was a Ukrainian drone attack aimed at President Vladimir Putin, who has a residence in the walled complex.

Russian state-owned domestic news agency said the president was not in the Kremlin at the time of the alleged attack.

The video was posted in the early hours of Wednesday on a group for residents of a neighbourhood that faces the Kremlin across the Mosvka River and was picked up by Russian media, including the Telegram channel of the military news outlet Zvezda.

Residents of Stalinist House on the Embankment said they “saw sparks in the sky and people with flashlights near the Kremlin wall after the thunderclaps”.

The Kremlin said it considered the attack to be a "planned terrorist action" by Ukraine.

Separately, the Kremlin said that the May 9 Victory Day parade would go ahead in Moscow despite the incident, the state-run TASS news agency reported.