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Russia Downs Ukrainian Drones Targeting Moscow

Increasing uneasiness as hostile drones attempt attacks on Russian capital; Moscow claims control

Russia reportedly brought down three Ukrainian drones that had tried to attack Moscow early on Sunday.

“According to Sergei Sobyanin, the Mayor of Moscow, no one was hurt, and there was only minor damage to the facade of two office buildings in the Moskva-Citi business district,” said Reuters in a report.

The Russian media reported that the area is known for its modern high-rise towers, and one of the damaged buildings was home to three Russian government ministries and residential apartments. 

Over the last few months, the appearance of hostile drones in the heart of the Russian capital has led to increasing uneasiness among authorities. The government has consistently tried to assure the public of Russia’s complete control over what it has referred to as its “special military operation” against Ukraine.

The latest incident is reminiscent of last week’s during which Russia claimed that Ukraine had made a similar attempt to attack Moscow with two drones. One of those drones was brought down near the defense ministry’s headquarters. At the time, Russia warned of taking severe retaliatory actions against Ukraine.

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A view of military munitions as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues at the frontline Donbas in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on July 20, 2023. Over the last few months, the appearance of hostile drones in the heart of the Russian capital has led to increasing uneasiness among authorities. ERCIN ERTURK/ANADOLU AGENCY VIA GETTY IMAGES.

“The drones in the most recent attempted attack crashed in the Moskva-Citi district after being brought down through the use of radio-electronic equipment,” said the Russian Defence Ministry. Air defenses had shot down one more in the air over the Odintsovo area in the Moscow region, the ministry added.

“Two drones reached the Kremlin in May in the most high-profile incident of its kind,” said Reuters.  Last Monday, Russia said it thwarted an attack on Moscow with two drones, one of which was brought down close to the headquarters of the defense ministry.

According to Reuters; Kyiv typically does not claim responsibility for specific incidents on Russian territory, and did not claim the latest attack, though President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the war was “gradually returning to Russia’s territory – to its symbolic centres”.

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