At least one unmanned aerial vehicle was destroyed en route to Moscow in the early hours of Sunday, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin wrote on Telegram. UAVs have repeatedly targeted the Russian capital in recent months, with most of them either shot down mid-air or crashing due to signal-jamming.
“The air defense repelled a drone attack on Moscow over the Istra” district west of the city, the mayor said, adding that the emergency services were responding to the incident.
The military said a plane-type UAV was detected and destroyed around 1:45am Moscow time. According to preliminary data, there are no destructions or injuries on the ground, authorities added.
As during previous air raid alerts, Moscow’s three main airports – Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, and Vnukovo – were briefly shut down as precaution.
In a separate brief statement, the Defense Ministry said another “attempted Ukrainian terrorist attack was thwarted” in Crimea, with two drones intercepted west of the peninsula around 1:15am local time.
Ukraine has stepped up drone and missile attacks on Russian territory as its much-touted ground offensive, launched in early June, had failed to yield any significant victories. Several UAVs crashed in Moscow City, the Russian capital’s business and financial hub, without causing any casualties.
Source of data and images: lenta