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Putin holds high-level meeting on ‘domestic security’ after Ukraine drone attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, left, visit the Crimean Bridge connecting Russian mainland and Crimean peninsula over the Kerch Strait, which was damaged by a truck bomb attack in October, after restoration works, not far from Kerch, Crimea, Dec. 5, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, left, visit the Crimean Bridge connecting Russian mainland and Crimean peninsula over the Kerch Strait, which was damaged by a truck bomb attack in October, after restoration works, not far from Kerch, Crimea, Dec. 5, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with top officials on Russia’s “domestic security” as the Kremlin says the latest Ukrainian drone attacks presented a danger to the country.

Earlier in the day, authorities said that a drone had struck near an airfield in Russia’s Kursk region bordering Ukraine, a day after Moscow blamed Kyiv for drone strikes at two other airfields.

Monday’s drone strikes were highly unusual as both sites are hundreds of kilometers away from Ukraine’s border.

The Kremlin says that Putin convened a meeting of his Security Council to discuss how to ensure the state’s “domestic security.” No other details are provided.

Speaking to reporters separately, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov says  authorities were taking “necessary” measures to protect the country from Ukrainian attacks.

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