Three drones reportedly attack Moscow and surrounding region overnight

23 August, 10:44 AM
According to preliminary data, the air defense system worked (

According to preliminary data, the air defense system worked (

Explosions rocked Moscow and the surrounding region overnight on Aug. 23, with three drones said to have attacked the Russian capital city, Kremlin-controlled news agency RIA Novosti hass reported.

Broken windows could be seen on the second floor of a residential building to the west of central Moscow, and vehicles belonging to utility services, emergency workers, and police were present at the scene.

Debris said to be from a downed drone also damaged a private house in the town of Khimki outside Moscow. The roof of the house partially collapsed and its windows were shattered. A wall of a non-residential building with shops also sustained damage, emergency services told RIA Novosti.

Video of day

Residents of the town of Odintsovo outside Moscow also reported explosions in the sky, particularly over Marshal Zhukov Street. According to preliminary reports, air defense systems were activated in the area.

All Moscow airports have reportedly activated the so-called Kover (Carpet) plan, which is typically used when unidentified objects are detected in Moscow airspace.

Russian air defense forces also shot down a drone in the Mozhaysky district of Moscow Oblast, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin claimed. Yet another UAV hit a building under construction in the Moskva-City complex. Emergency services went to the scene. No casualties have been reported yet.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that two “Ukrainian” UAVs attacking the capital city had been intercepted by air defense forces over the Mozhaysky and Khimki districts in Moscow Oblast. A third UAV was suppressed by radio-electronic means and crashed near a building in the Moskva-City financial area, the ministry said.

The Russian authorities typically claim to have shot down or disabled with electronic warfare systems all attacking drones, though photo and video evidence indicates that in earlier attacks several drones probably hit their intended targets. One tower in the Moskva-City financial area, which contains the offices of some Russian government ministries, has been hit twice.

Ukraine typically denies being behind the drone attacks, but some of the drones spotted in Russian skies and seen as crashed wreckage on the ground are of known Ukrainian manufacture.

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