A drone attack attributed to Ukraine damaged a building in Moscow and the Kremlin disrupted air traffic

A Ukrainian drone crashed in the early hours of this Friday against a building in the center of Moscow after Russian air defenses shot it down, disrupting air traffic at all civilian airports in the Russian capital, Kremlin authorities said.

A witness who was in the area described hearing “a powerful explosion”. Images of Reuters They showed emergency workers and personnel inspecting the damaged roof of a non-residential building that the drone struck.

He Russian Defense Ministry and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyaninthey stated that there were no casualties after the air defenses destroyed a drone that fell on a non-residential building of the complex Moscow Expo Center in the early hours of Friday.

The Expo Center is a large expanse of exhibition pavilions and multipurpose halls, less than 5 kilometers from the Kremlin.

Security personnel examine the damage to the Expo Center building that was damaged after the downing of a drone over Moscow (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov) (SHAMIL ZHUMATOV/)

No air traffic at four airports

“Around 4am Moscow time, the Kiev regime launched another terrorist attack using an unmanned aerial vehicle against objects located in Moscow and the Moscow region,” the Russian Defense Ministry stated. There was no immediate comment from kyiv.

Air traffic was briefly suspended at four of the capital’s main airports —Vnukovo, Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Zhukovsky—, although they later reopened.

The Russian air transport agency reported that seven flights had been diverted to alternate airports.

Russian high security officers cleared the area where the drone fell (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)
Russian high security officers cleared the area where the drone fell (REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov) (SHAMIL ZHUMATOV /)

Drone airstrikes inside Russia have increased since the destruction of a drone over the Kremlin in early May. Later in the month, other areas of the capital were attacked, and earlier this month a commercial district in Moscow was targeted in two attacks in three days.

Both Ukraine and Russia deny attacking civilians and civilian infrastructure in the nearly 18-month war.

Ukraine does not usually comment on who is behind the attacks on Russian soil, although its authorities have publicly expressed their satisfaction with them.

The New York Times reported in May that intelligence agencies in USA they believed that Ukrainian spies or military intelligence were behind the drone attack on the Kremlin.

Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, sparking a war that has devastated swathes of the country’s east and south, killing or injuring hundreds of thousands of people and causing the biggest break in Russia’s ties with the West since the Crisis. of the Cuban Missiles of 1962.

(With information from Reuters)

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