The Sochi Palace, one of Putin's favorite mansions, is where the Russian President often runs the country, and is strategically very well-guarded.
The palace is surrounded by 17,000 acres of woods and has a no-fly zone overhead. It also has a complex system of tunnels running underneath, which, according to The Sun UK, has a regular supply of fresh water, is well-ventilated, and is said to be able to withstand a nuclear explosion.
The defenses of the sprawling 190,000-square-foot, billion-dollar mansion overlooking the Black Sea seem to be of little assurance to Putin, who is growing surer of an airborne assassination attempt by Ukraine.
Located 469 miles from the city of Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast, Putin's favorite palace has seen relentless kamikaze drone strikes in the areas around it.
As a result, Putin has become desperate to install anti-missile defense systems on the property.
Knewz reported in September that a Ukrainian kamikaze drone blew up an oil depot just 18 miles from the Sochi Palace. Security footage showed the exact moment the drone hit the oil depot, which locals said sounded like a "clap of thunder."
According to Krasnodar regional governor Veniamin Kondratyev, more than 60 firefighters were on the scene battling the colossal fire. Pictures from the incident showed Russian officials clearing debris from the site.
Viktor Alksnis, a politician known as the Black Colonel, suggested at the time that Ukraine was targeting Putin’s official residence, Bocharov Ruchey, which is located in the Tsentralny City District of Sochi, per The Sun.
"It seems that the favorite vacation spot of the President of the Russian Federation, the Bocharov Ruchey residence near Sochi, will become inaccessible for security reasons," Alksnis said in a statement.
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"Ukraine is conducting a real hunt for Putin... If indeed in this case it was an attack by a Ukrainian drone, then the Bocharov Ruchey residence is already the third attempt to attack the official residences of the president with a UAV," Alksnis noted.
"The first attack was on May 3 on the Kremlin, the second on September 5 at Zavidovo," he added, raising the question of whether "these attacks on Putin’s residences will be regarded as crossing red lines?"
On Oct. 14, the mansion became the target of yet another kamikaze drone strike, which ended up being unsuccessful, as Russian forces were able to shoot the two drones out of the sky.
On the same day, Ukraine struck a gunpowder plant and a missile factory instead.
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