At least three drones have reportedly been intercepted en route towards the Russian capital
Moscow was targeted in an attempted drone strike on Tuesday morning, according to an emergency services source cited by TASS news agency. Two incoming UAVs were downed on the outskirts of the city, while another was allegedly intercepted in the Kaluga region, southwest of the Russian capital.
“According to preliminary data, three drones were heading towards Moscow… Two were suppressed by radio electronic warfare means in New Moscow, and one in the Kaluga region,” the source told TASS.
There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage on the ground. The debris of the two drones intercepted in the outskirts of Moscow fell in the open field near the Valuevo settlement around 5 kilometers away from the Vnukovo airport, another source told RIA Novosti.
At least ten morning flights en route to Vnukovo were redirected to the capital’s two other airports, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo, according to the airport’s website.
Multiple eyewitnesses reported hearing at least two blasts in the New Moscow district of the city around 6am local time, while several Telegram channels shared videos of smoke in the air.
Two weeks ago the Russian military foiled a Ukrainian raid on Moscow Region which involved three aircraft-type drones. The “terrorist attack” on the region’s facilities did not result in any casualties or damage as the UAVs were suppressed by electronic warfare means, lost control and crashed, according to the Defense Ministry.
This is not the first time Ukraine has attempted to attack targets in Moscow Region and the capital itself. Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that Kiev launched an attack on Moscow involving eight drones which were either shot down by air defenses, or suppressed by electronic warfare means. That raid damaged several residential buildings, but did not cause any serious injuries.
July 04, 2023 at 09:05AM