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New drone attack on Moscow repelled – mayor

Several Ukrainian UAVs have been shot down outside the Russian capital, Sergey Sobyanin has said

At least four Ukrainian drones were destroyed en route to Moscow in the early hours of Sunday, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin wrote on Telegram. Kiev’s forces have increasingly targeted Russian infrastructure and border towns in recent weeks.

“The Russian Defense Ministry’s air defenses in the Domodedovo district have repelled a drone attack on Moscow,” Mayor Sergey Sobyanin confirmed on Telegram around 4:40am Sunday morning, noting that two hostile targets were downed in the area. Two more UAVs weve intercepted in the Ramensky and Stupino districts, Sobyanin added an hour later.

No damage was done and no one was hurt in the areas where the debris fell, the official said, adding that the emergency services were responding to the incidents. Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, located south of the capital, also did not report any irregularities in its operations.

Around the same time, several Ukrainian drones attempted to strike an oil refinery in the town of Slavyansk in Russia’s Krasnodar Region, causing a fire that was quickly contained, according to local authorities. While there were no direct casualties in the strike, one person died in a suspected heart attack during the incident, emergency services said.

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Starting from Tuesday, Ukrainian forces staged attempts to breach the Russian border, attacking multiple locations along its frontier with Russia’s Kursk and Belgorod regions, coupled with a sharp uptick in suicide-drone attacks and waves of UAVs apparently targeting oil refineries and fuel depots.

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