Russia has accused Ukraine of launching a “terrorist” drone attack on Moscow, resulting in damage to at least two buildings in the capital. The Russian defense ministry stated that two drones were “suppressed and crashed,” and fortunately, there were no reported casualties. The incident occurred early on Monday morning, raising tensions between the two neighboring countries, which have been locked in a conflict known as the Russia-Ukraine War.
Details of the Attack
The attack took place at around 6:30 am (IST) and targeted non-residential buildings in Moscow. The exact location of where the drones were intercepted remains undisclosed as both the Mayor and the Defense Ministry have not provided further details on this matter.
Aftermath and Damage
The debris from the drones was found near a building on Komsomolsky Avenue, a major thoroughfare running through central Moscow. The attack resulted in the closure of traffic on Komsomolsky Avenue and Likhachev Avenue in Moscow’s south, where a high-rise office building was damaged. Videos posted on Russian Telegram channels, allegedly linked to the country’s security forces, showed glass and concrete debris on Komsomolsky Avenue.
Response from Ukraine and Previous Incidents
As of the time of reporting, there has been no official comment from Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, regarding the recent drone attack. It is worth noting that Ukraine has often avoided claiming responsibility for attacks inside Russia or on Russian-controlled territory in Ukraine, maintaining a secretive stance. However, in recent months, Ukrainian officials have suggested that targeting Russia’s military infrastructure helps their counteroffensive efforts.
This attack comes just one day after Russia launched missile strikes on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa, resulting in the destruction of the historical Transfiguration Cathedral. In the past, Moscow has accused Ukraine of several drone attacks on its territory. One notable incident was a drone attack on Moscow earlier this month, which forced flights to be diverted from Vnukovo International Airport. Ukraine did not claim responsibility for that attack. Another incident occurred in May when Kyiv denied carrying out a drone attack on the Kremlin, which Russia claimed was an attempt on President Vladimir Putin’s life.
Tensions and Ongoing Conflict
The latest drone attack adds further strain to the already tense relations between Russia and Ukraine. The two countries have been engaged in an armed conflict, known as the Russia-Ukraine War, which began in 2014. The situation remains volatile, and both sides have accused each other of various military actions and territorial disputes.
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