Explosions rock Moscow in brazen drone strike

Several explosions rocked Moscow early Sunday morning in a drone strike that damaged a skyscraper, injured at least one person and closed airspace over the area, according to local reports.

Moscow City’s business center was hit directly by the attack, with footage from the scene showing debris and smoke apparently pouring out of the building. Local outlet 112 reported that a security guard was injured during the strike, although Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said no injuries were reported.

“Ukrainian drones attacked tonight. The facades of two (Moscow) city office towers were slightly damaged,” Sobyanin wrote on Telegram.

Residents reported hearing several explosions just before 03:30 local time as air defenses were activated to shoot down the drones. Witnesses told local media that at least one of the drones appeared to tear through a floor of the Moscow City skyscraper, blowing out nearby windows in the process.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed to have “suppressed” two drones, causing them to lose control and crash into Moscow City, and to have shot down a third drone.

The airspace above and around the city was closed as a result of the attack, and Vnukovo International Airport temporarily stopped inbound and outbound flights.

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