In a continued series of aerial attacks, a drone struck an under-construction building in central Moscow during the early hours of Wednesday. This marks the sixth consecutive night of drone strikes on Russia’s capital region. According to the news agency AFP, the City Mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, confirmed via his Telegram channel that the Russian military successfully intercepted and downed two more drones over the western part of the Moscow region.
Flights Suspended and Resumed
Russian news agency RIA reported that a loud explosion was heard in Moscow’s central district on Wednesday. As a result, flights were temporarily suspended at the city’s airports. However, the suspended flights were later resumed. The central district, which is a mere 5 kilometers away from the Kremlin, witnessed the impact of the attack.
Electronic Warfare and Air Defense
The Russian Defence Ministry revealed that the drone responsible for the attack had been “suppressed by electronic warfare” before it lost control and collided with the under-construction building. The Ministry stated, “At night, air defense forces thwarted another attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack by three aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicles on the city of Moscow.” Fortunately, there were no reported casualties as a result of this incident.
Additional Attacks and Impact
The ministry also reported that, apart from the Moscow city attack, two other drones were successfully “destroyed by air defense systems” in Moscow’s Mozhaisk and Khimki districts. Emergency services stated that the building impacted by the drone strike experienced knocked-out window openings, and investigations are ongoing.
Recent Developments and Context
This latest wave of drone attacks on Moscow comes after a building in the central district was hit by a Ukrainian drone on Saturday. Additionally, on Tuesday, British military intelligence suggested that a drone had potentially destroyed a supersonic Russian bomber on an airfield located hundreds of kilometers away from Ukraine. Images of a burning aircraft resembling the Tu-22M3 circulated on social media.
The frequency of drone raids on Moscow has increased significantly in recent weeks. This escalation follows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s warning in late July, suggesting that the conflict initiated by Moscow in Ukraine might have repercussions within Russia.
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