UAV reportedly crashes near Gazprom facility outside Moscow

28 February, 03:15 PM
A photo of the drone is published on social media (Photo:SHOT/Telegram)

A photo of the drone is published on social media (Photo:SHOT/Telegram)

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) reportedly crashed near a facility belonging to giant Russian gas company Gazprom outside Moscow early on Feb. 28, according to the Baza Telegram messenger.

The drone was reportedly found at about 11 a.m. near the company’s gas compressor station in the Kolomensky district of Moscow Oblast.

According to preliminary information, there was no explosion after the crash.

Meanwhile, the SHOT Telegram messenger reported the drone had been found 10 meters from the facility’s fence. Emergency crews and sappers are on their way to the scene.

Video of day

The journalists also posted a photo of the drone. They claimed it is a Ukrainian UJ-22 airborne attack drone.

“Our source reports the drone probably suddenly lost altitude (perhaps it ran out of fuel), got caught in the trees and damaged its wing, that’s why it crashed,” the report says.

Other unexplained crashes of drones in Russia were also reported overnight — in Russia’s Belgorod Oblast near the Ukrainian border in Kharkiv Oblast the crashes of three UAVs were reported on Feb. 28.

An incident was reported the same day in another Russian town — Tuapse in Krasnodar Krai. Two unknown drones exploded at and oil depot on Feb. 28. A massive fire broke out at the facilities due to the explosions.

And in the Russian northern city of St. Petersburg, an emergency plan called “Kovyor” (meaning “carpet” in Russian) was activated during the morning due to an unknown object being detected in the airspace above the city. The airports were closed in the city, but they were reopened after an hour, at about noon.

The Russian authorities later claimed it had been a training exercise.

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