- Russia accuses Ukraine of new drone attack on Moscow
- Says all three drones are shot down or forced to crash
- No one was hurt, minor damage to two buildings – mayor
MOSCOW, July 30 (Reuters) – Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had brought down three Ukrainian drones early on Sunday that had tried to attack Moscow.
No one was injured and there was only minor damage to the facade of two office buildings in the Moscow-Citi business district, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.
The area, several kilometers from the Kremlin, is known for its modern high-rises, and one of the damaged buildings was home to three Russian government ministries as well as residential apartments, Russian media reported.
The fact that hostile drones have begun to reach the heart of the Russian capital in recent months, even if they do not cause serious damage, is uncomfortable for authorities, who have told the public that Russia is in full control of what they call its “special military operation” against Ukraine.
The incident followed what Russia said was a similar Ukrainian attempt to attack Moscow with two drones last Monday, one of which was brought down close to Defense Ministry headquarters. It spoke at the time of taking tough retaliatory measures against Ukraine.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov said after Monday’s attempted attack that more drone strikes would be coming. There was no immediate reaction from Kiev on the latest incident.
“There were no injuries or casualties,” Sobyanin, the mayor, said in a brief statement about the incident.
Flights to and from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport were briefly suspended due to the incident, the TASS news agency reported.
The Defense Ministry said two drones had crashed in the Moscow-Citi district after being brought down using radio-electronic equipment. The air force had shot another one into the air over the Odintsovo area in the Moscow region, it said.
“On the morning of July 30, an attempted terrorist attack by the Kiev regime using unmanned aerial vehicles against targets in the city of Moscow was foiled,” the ministry said in its statement.
Separately, it said it had also successfully foiled an overnight attack on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, by 25 Ukrainian drones, which it said it had either shot down or forced to crash. No one was injured and no damage was done in the Crimea episode, it said.
GLASS AND SECTION
A young woman who gave her name only as Liya described the incident in Moscow. “My friends and I rented an apartment to come here and relax and at one point we heard an explosion and it was like a wave, everyone jumped,” she told Reuters.
“And then there was a lot of smoke and you couldn’t see anything. From above you could see fire.”
Some glass panels in a high-rise building were blown out, and glass and debris littered part of the pavement below, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene, which had been cordoned off by police and emergency services.
Two drones reached the Kremlin in May in the most high-profile incident of its kind.
Reporting by Andrew Osborn in Moscow and Rishabh Jaiswal in Bengaluru Editing by William Mallard, Lincoln Feast and Frances Kerry
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