I Was Wrong — Ukraine Did Attack the Kremlin With Drones

Wes O'Donnell
4 min readMay 25, 2023
Licensed by the author from Envato Elements

Maybe they really did try to assassinate Putin… and I’m fine with that.

On May 3, I wrote an article that made the case, based on my own experience, and current intelligence assessments at the time, that the drone attack on the Kremlin was a Russian false flag operation.

I may have been wrong.

While there is no concrete proof that the attack was approved by the Ukrainian government, U.S. intelligence has new evidence from both intercepted communications in which Russian officials blamed Ukraine, and other communications in which Ukrainian officials said they believed their country was responsible for the attack.

U.S. intel now believes that the attack was planned and carried out by Ukraine’s special military units.

So how could a group of Ukrainian special operators have carried out a brazen attack against the Russian capital without senior Ukrainian leaders not being aware?

The Ukrainian armed forces are surprisingly distributed, and self-directed.



Wes O'Donnell

US Army & US Air Force Veteran | Global Security guy at War is Boring, GEN, OneZero | Intel Forecaster | Law Student | TEDx Speaker | +Democracy | +Human Rights