Three drones have been shot down over Moscow, Russia’s defense ministry said, as Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned that war was coming to Russia.
The attacks, which Ukraine did not directly acknowledge in accordance with its security policy, reflected a pattern of more frequent and more intense cross-border strikes launched by Kyiv since the beginning of its counteroffensive against Russian forces in June.
In May, the Kremlin itself was the target of the most dramatic attack. Sunday’s attack was the fourth in the capital region this month and the third this week, demonstrating Moscow’s vulnerability as Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its 18th month.
The Russian defense ministry said three drones targeted the city in an “attempted terrorist attack by the Kyiv regime.” One drone was shot down by air defenses in the Odintsovo region surrounding Moscow, while two others were jammed and crashed into Moscow City.
Drone Strike Causes Chaos in Moscow
As a result of the drone’s impact, sparks, smoke, and flames erupted from the structure, and debris fell to the pavement and street. The explosion blew out the windows and mangled the window frames. According to Tass, Russia’s state news agency, a security guard was injured.
Flights were temporarily suspended at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, and the airspace over Moscow and the outlying regions was temporarily closed.
Although Ukraine has not acknowledged the attacks, Zelenskiy stated in his nightly video address: “Gradually, the war is returning to Russian territory—to its symbolic centers and military bases.” This is an unavoidable, natural, and completely fair process.”
In previous attacks on Moscow, Russia’s defense ministry reported shooting down a Ukrainian drone outside the city on Friday. Four days earlier, two drones struck the Russian capital, one near the defense ministry’s headquarters along the Moskva River, about two miles from the Kremlin. The other drone crashed into an office building in southern Moscow, destroying several upper floors.
Source: The Guardian