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Putin’s blue-light dash to Kremlin: Police convoy races Russian leader to mystery late-night meeting

Mystery surrounding an overnight flight to the Kremlin by Vladimir Putin amid suspicions that he has prepared a new televised statement about the war in Ukraine and tensions with the West.

Video shows his Aurus limousine on a late night flight to its Moscow seat of power at 11pm on Saturday night.

His visit to the Kremlin immediately followed talks with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko in Saint Petersburg, 440 miles away, in which he agreed to supply advanced nuclear weapons to the dictator of Minsk.

A night of bombing of Ukrainian cities, including Kiev, from Russian warplanes using Belarusian airspace followed the meeting.

Putin’s spokesman did not deny the overnight flight to the Kremlin, but ruled out a crisis meeting of top officials.

He also denied that Putin would immediately issue an emergency declaration.

Peskov in a late night statement told TASS: “No. Everything is not like that. Everything is normal.’

Yet Peskov did not explain the purpose of Putin’s sudden visit.

Vladimir Putin's entourage took a quick flight to the Kremlin last night, sparking speculation as to why

Vladimir Putin’s entourage took a quick flight to the Kremlin last night, sparking speculation as to why

Video shows Putin's Aurus limousine on a late night flight to his Moscow seat of power at 11pm Saturday night

Video shows Putin’s Aurus limousine on a late night flight to his Moscow seat of power at 11pm Saturday night

Putin's spokesman did not deny the overnight flight to the Kremlin, but ruled out a crisis meeting of top officials.

Putin’s spokesman did not deny the overnight flight to the Kremlin, but ruled out a crisis meeting of top officials.

The Kremlin, the seat of power in Russia, located on the Red Square in central Moscow on the Moskva River

The Kremlin, the seat of power in Russia, located on the Red Square in central Moscow on the Moskva River

The Russian president has previously included important announcements in the Kremlin, which will be released later.

One suspects that this could have been the purpose of his visit, possibly to herald an escalation of hostilities.

Ukrainian official Anton Gerashchenko expressed concern that the visit signaled a new Putin statement on the war

Ukrainian official Anton Gerashchenko expressed concern that the visit signaled a new Putin statement on the war

His late night speech, which launched his “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, is widely believed to have been taped before.

Putin does not live in the Kremlin but in an official residence outside the city, and is often based in Sochi on the Black Sea during the summer.

So the sight of his entourage arriving at the Kremlin late on a Saturday night was deemed exceptional and immediately sparked posts on social media, forcing Peskov to react.

Ukrainian official Anton Gerashchenko expressed concern that the visit was a sign of Putin’s new statement on the war.

“Late Saturday night, Putin suddenly drove into the Kremlin,” he said.

Details: Peskov denied suggestions in the media that it was related to an emergency meeting, saying that ‘everything was normal’.

Rescuers evacuate a person from a residential building damaged by a Russian missile attack, which Kiev major Vitali Klitshko says has left many injured

Rescuers evacuate a person from a residential building damaged by a Russian missile attack, which Kiev major Vitali Klitshko says has left many injured

Fourteen cruise missiles reverberated around the city and its environs this Sunday morning at about 6:30 am, shattering the fragile peace and tranquility the city had enjoyed since Putin's troops left northern Ukraine.

Fourteen cruise missiles reverberated around the city and its environs this Sunday morning at about 6:30 am, shattering the fragile peace and tranquility the city had enjoyed since Putin’s troops left northern Ukraine.

Firefighter to extinguish a fire as smoke rises from a residential building damaged by the Russian missile strikes that shook the city

Firefighter to extinguish a fire as smoke rises from a residential building damaged by the Russian missile strikes that shook the city

But before the invasion, Putin had pre-recorded a statement “to announce the start of the attack.”

And weeks and months before the announcement, Putin and Peskov had denied they planned to invade Ukraine.

Just hours after the Kremlin flight, Putin attacked Kiev for the first time in weeks, launching 14 missiles at the city and the surrounding region from bombers flying over Belarusian airspace.

Kiev had enjoyed three weeks of relative calm during the war until the early Sunday morning strikes, the first attacks since June 5. There were reports of many injured.

At around 6:30 a.m., the city was shaken by several large explosions and rescue services were seen fighting the flames and rescuing civilians from the shattered windows of a burning nine-storey apartment building.

Officials say it is too early to say if anyone was killed, and the head of the regional military administration, Oleksiy Kuleba, said air defense systems shot down one of the missiles, which landed on a village in the surrounding areas.

During his meeting with Lukashenko, Putin promised to provide Minsk with missile systems capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

The Iskander missiles are short-range hypersonic cruise missiles with a range of up to 310 miles, bringing large parts of Eastern Europe to Berlin in minutes, a short distance from the weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shook hands during their meeting in St. Petersburg yesterday, when Putin agreed to send nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shook hands during their meeting in St. Petersburg yesterday, when Putin agreed to send nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to Belarus

The Iskander missiles are short-range hypersonic cruise missiles with a range of up to 310 miles, bringing all of Eastern Europe to Berlin in minutes, within close range of weapons.

The Iskander missiles are short-range hypersonic cruise missiles with a range of up to 310 miles, bringing all of Eastern Europe to Berlin in minutes, within close range of weapons.

Pictured: A cruise missile test launch of the 'Iskander' Operational Tactical Missile System from the Kapustin Yar training ground

Pictured: A cruise missile test launch of the ‘Iskander’ Operational Tactical Missile System from the Kapustin Yar training ground

The transfer to Belarus Iskander-M tactical missile systems would bring large parts of Eastern Europe within range of the hypersonic missiles

The transfer to Belarus Iskander-M tactical missile systems would bring large parts of Eastern Europe within range of the hypersonic missiles

“In the coming months, we will transfer Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which can use ballistic or cruise missiles, in their conventional and nuclear versions to Belarus,” Putin said in a broadcast on Russian television at the beginning of his meeting with Lukashenko. . in Saint Petersburg.

At the meeting, Lukashenko expressed concern about the “aggressive”, “confrontational” and “abhorrent” policies of Belarus’ neighbors Lithuania and Poland.

He asked Putin to help his country mount a “symmetric response” to what he believes were nuclear-armed flights by the US-led NATO alliance near Belarus’ borders.

Putin also offered to upgrade Belarus’ warplanes to enable them to carry nuclear weapons, in comments broadcast on Russian television.

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