As Ukrainian drone assaults intensify with the forces penetrating into the capital Moscow, the Russian Ministry of Defence said Sunday that it thwarted three of the Kiyv drones in the capital, as authorities closed down an airport in the city due to the attack.
According to the ministry’s statement on Telegram, one drone was hit on the outskirts of the city while the two were “suppressed by electronic warfare”, forcing them to hit an office building. There were no casualties as a result.
The latest attack is another in a series of recent drone assaults — including on the Kremlin and Russian towns near the border with Ukraine — that Moscow has blamed on Kyiv.
The ministry termed the assault as an “attempted terrorist attack”.
“On the morning of July 30, the Kyiv regime’s attempted terrorist attack with unmanned aerial vehicles on objects in the city of Moscow was thwarted,” it said on Telegram.
“One Ukrainian UAV was destroyed in the air by air defence systems over the territory of the Odintsovo district of Moscow region.”
“Two more drones were suppressed by electronic warfare and, having lost control crashed on the territory of Moscow-City’s non-residential building complex.”
Moscow-City is a commercial development in the west of the capital.
Its mayor Sergei Sobyanin posted on Telegram that the “facades of two city office towers were slightly damaged”.
He added that there were “no victims or injured”.
Police officers had cordoned off the area.
Air traffic disruption
According to the TASS news agency, the capital’s Vnukovo airport was “closed for departures and arrivals, flights are redirected to other airports”.
Within less than an hour, operations appeared to have returned to normal.
Earlier this month, a volley of drone attacks briefly disrupted air traffic at the same airport, to the city’s southwest.
The attacks on Moscow come several weeks into a Ukrainian counter-offensive to claw back territory captured by Russia since large-scale hostilities erupted in February 2022.
Russia’s foreign ministry has said such attacks “would not be possible without the help provided to the Kyiv regime by the US and its Nato allies”.
On Friday, Russia said it had intercepted two missiles over its southern Rostov region bordering Ukraine, with at least 16 people wounded by debris falling on the city of Taganrog.
Shortly after, it said it downed a second S-200 missile near the city of Azov, with debris falling in an unpopulated area.
On the other side of the border, a Russian strike killed two people in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia Saturday, authorities there said.
And at least one civilian was killed in a missile attack on the northeastern city of Sumy, according to Ukrainian national police, who added that there were five injured.
According to public broadcaster Suspilne, the building was destroyed in an explosion at about 8:00 pm (1700 GMT).