Three Ukrainian drones were downed over Moscow in an overnight attack that left one person injured and resulted in temporary closure of an international airport. The attack, which Russia’s defense ministry called an “attempted terrorist attack,” involved one drone being shot down on the city’s outskirts, while two others were disrupted by electronic warfare and crashed into an office complex.
- The incident involved three Ukrainian drones, one of which was shot down on the outskirts of the city while the other two were taken down by electronic warfare measures and crashed into an office complex. This led to slight damage to two office towers and one security guard getting injured.
- The attack forced the temporary closure of Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, with flights being redirected to other airports. Normal operations were resumed within less than an hour.
- Russia has blamed Kyiv for several drone attacks this year on Moscow and its surrounding areas, as well as on Russian towns near the border with Ukraine. However, Ukraine typically declines to claim responsibility for these attacks.
- This drone attack comes amidst a Ukrainian counter-offensive to recapture territory taken by Russia since the start of large-scale hostilities in February 2022.
- The missile attacks are not limited to Russian soil. A civilian was reportedly killed in a Russian missile attack on the north-east Ukrainian city of Sumy, and at least five people were injured according to national police.