Putin Speculation Sparked by Dramatic Kremlin Video

Video showing a motorcade racing towards the Kremlin building has sparked speculation about Vladimir Putin, forcing the Russian government to issue a denial.

The 38-second video shared on Saturday showed several vehicles with flashing lights heading towards the Kremlin, the seat of Russian government, in central Moscow, as bystanders watched on.

The footage was captured in Manezhnaya Street at 11 p.m. local time, according to Russian language Telegram channel vckogpu.

It said, in a post translated into English via Google: "Usually such night visits to something important. Especially against the background of topics discussed with [Belarussian President Alexander] Lukashenko."

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Russian President Vladimir Putin seen at the plenary session during the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum SPIEF 2022, on June 17, 2022 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The video sparked speculation across social media. Getty

The clip (shown above) has been widely shared on Telegram, including by U.S.-based channels that promote conspiracy theories. Many of those who shared the clip questioned why the motorcade would race to the Kremlin late at night.

Mounting speculation that Putin had arrived at the Kremlin to give an emergency statement elicited a denial by the Russian government.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told Russian state news agency TASS on Sunday: "No, that's not true," when approached for comment.

Newsweek has contacted the Kremlin.

Kyiv officials said on on Saturday that Russia had launched strikes on Ukraine from Belarus for the first time.

Putin announced, also on Saturday, that Moscow would supply Belarus with a missile system capable of carrying nuclear weapons, according to Reuters.

During a meeting with the Russian President in the Baltic Sea port city of St. Petersburg, Lukashenko said he was concerned about the "confrontational" policies of its neighbors Lithuania and Poland. Both countries are members of NATO and the European Union.

Reuters reported a foreign ministry summary of the meeting quoted Putin as saying: "We will transfer Iskander-M tactical missile systems to Belarus, which can use both ballistic and cruise missiles, both in conventional and nuclear versions."

Russian missiles reportedly struck a residential building and a kindergarten in the Ukrainian capital early on Sunday.

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said several people had been injured and added: "They (rescuers) have pulled out a seven-year-old girl," Reuters reported.

"Now they're trying to rescue her mother. There are people under the rubble."

Ukraine's police chief Ihor Klymenko said five people had been wounded in the blast.

Ukraine's Foreign Secretary, Dmytro Kuleba, cited the death of the 7-year-old as he sent a message to world leaders at the G7 summit, taking place in Germany this weekend.

Sharing a picture showing the girl on a stretcher, he tweeted: "This 7 y.o. Ukrainian kid was sleeping peacefully in Kyiv until a Russian cruise missile blasted her home. Many more around Ukraine are under strikes.

"G7 summit must respond with more sanctions on Russia and more heavy arms for Ukraine. Russia's sick imperialism must be defeated."