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26 Nov, 2023 01:58

Mass drone attack on Moscow repelled – mayor

Ukrainian UAVs have been shot down outside the Russian capital, according to Sergey Sobyanin
Mass drone attack on Moscow repelled – mayor

Ukrainian forces have targeted the Russian capital and multiple other locations in a coordinated drone attack, according to the mayor of Moscow and the Defense Ministry. At least 20 UAVs were intercepted over the Moscow, Bryansk, Kaluga and Tula regions early on Sunday, according to the official and the ministry.

“A massive drone attack was attempted overnight… The air defense forces shot down UAVs in the area of Naro-Fominsk and Odintsovo city district, en route to Moscow,” Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Telegram on Sunday morning. Another drone was reportedly shot down near Podolsk.

The drones caused no injuries or significant damage in Moscow, Sobyanin said, adding that the emergency services were responding to the incident and locating the debris.

However, in Tula a drone hit a residential highrise, slightly injuring one person, after being jammed and losing control, according to the local governor, Aleksey Dyumin.

The military claimed that yet another “attempted Ukrainian terrorist attack was thwarted” overnight, confirming that by 5am at least 11 drones had been intercepted over four regions southwest of the Russian capital. Two hours later, the military said another nine drones had been intercepted over the same regions.

Kiev has repeatedly used drone strikes in what Russian officials have described as “terrorist attacks” on civilian infrastructure, reaching as far as Moscow.

Earlier this month, a Ukrainian general in charge of UAV operations claimed that Kiev was gearing up for a massive drone bombing campaign against Russia this winter, as the fighting on the ground is expected to enter a lull due to harsh weather conditions.

On Saturday, Ukraine accused Russia of carrying out its biggest drone attack to date, with most of the targets located in the capital, Kiev. The Ukrainian Air Force claimed to have intercepted over 70 Russian drones overnight. Moscow has previously accused Kiev of vastly exaggerating its successes, and claiming to take down more munitions than Russia actually fires.