Moscow Airport Closed Briefly As Ukraine Drone Attack Damages 2 Buildings

Earlier this month, Russia mentioned it had downed 5 Ukrainian drones (File)


Three Ukrainian drones had been downed over Moscow early Sunday, Russia’s defence ministry mentioned, in an assault that briefly shut a world airport.

Whereas one of many drones was shot down on the town’s outskirts, two others had been “suppressed by digital warfare” and smashed into an workplace complicated. Nobody was injured.

Moscow and its environs, mendacity about 500 km (310 miles) from the Ukrainian border, had been hardly ever focused through the battle in Ukraine till a number of drone assaults this yr.

The assault reported Sunday is the newest in a collection of latest drone assaults — together with on the Kremlin and Russian cities close to the border with Ukraine — that Moscow has blamed on Kyiv.

The defence ministry known as it an “tried terrorist assault”.

“On the morning of July 30, the Kyiv regime’s tried terrorist assault with unmanned aerial automobiles on objects within the metropolis of Moscow was thwarted,” it mentioned on Telegram.

“One Ukrainian UAV was destroyed within the air by air defence programs over the territory of the Odintsovo district of Moscow area.

“Two extra drones had been suppressed by digital warfare and, having misplaced management, crashed on the territory of Moscow-Metropolis’s non-residential constructing complicated.”

Moscow-Metropolis is a business improvement to the town’s west.

Metropolis Mayor Sergei Sobyanin posted on Telegram that the “facades of two metropolis workplace towers had been barely broken”.

He added that there have been “no victims or injured”.

Airport briefly closed

The TASS state information company reported that the capital’s Vnukovo airport was “closed for departures and arrivals, flights are redirected to different airports”.

Inside lower than an hour, operations appeared to have returned to regular.

Earlier this month, a volley of drone assaults briefly disrupted air visitors on the similar airport, to the town’s southwest.

The assaults on Moscow come a number of weeks right into a Ukrainian counter-offensive to claw again territory captured by Russia since large-scale hostilities erupted in February 2022.

Russia’s international ministry has mentioned such assaults “wouldn’t be potential with out the assistance supplied to the Kyiv regime by the US and its NATO allies”.

On Friday Russia mentioned it had intercepted two missiles over its southern Rostov area bordering Ukraine, with a minimum of 16 individuals wounded by particles falling on the town of Taganrog.

Shortly after, it mentioned it downed a second S-200 missile close to the town of Azov, with particles falling in an unpopulated space.

On the opposite aspect of the border, a Russian strike killed two individuals within the southern metropolis of Zaporizhzhia on Saturday, authorities there mentioned.

And a minimum of one civilian was killed in a missile assault on the northeastern metropolis of Sumy, in line with Ukrainian nationwide police, who added that there have been 5 injured.

In line with public broadcaster Suspilne, the constructing was destroyed in an explosion at about 8:00 pm (1700 GMT).

In early July, a Russian drone assault hit an house constructing in the identical metropolis, killing three and wounding 21.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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