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Overnight airstrikes kill three in Ukraine as Moscow airport halts flights after foiled drone attack

by Joshua Brown
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Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Overnight airstrikes in Ukraine resulted in three fatalities, as the conflict escalated with intense shelling. A foiled drone attack near Moscow led to the suspension of flights at Moscow’s second-largest airport for a brief period.

In the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, a Russian air strike claimed two lives and left four others injured. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned the incident, calling it a war crime and a clear indication of Russian aggression.

In a separate incident, a woman in her eighties lost her life due to Ukrainian shelling in the Russian-held Donetsk, according to the city’s Moscow-appointed mayor Alexei Kulemzin.

The attempted drone attack near Moscow resulted in the drone being shot down by Russian air defense systems in the Podolsk region of the Moscow suburbs. Ukrainian authorities did not confirm whether they were responsible for the attack.

The conflict continued with heavy clashes across Ukraine, and the Ukrainian air force reported that Russian forces had launched numerous attack drones and air and sea missiles overnight. This included cruise missiles launched from aircraft over the Caspian Sea and Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 strike UAVs.

Several buildings were damaged in Ukraine’s Khmelnytsky and Kupyan regions, and fires were ignited as a result of the missile strikes.

In the Russian-held city of Donetsk, Ukrainian shelling caused damage to the main building of the M. Tugan-Baranovsky University of Economics and Trade, leading to a roof collapse, but fortunately, there were no casualties reported, according to Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ukraine-Russia conflict

Q: What happened during the overnight airstrikes in Ukraine?

A: Three people lost their lives during a night of air strikes and intense shelling across Ukraine. Two were killed and four others injured in a Russian air strike in the Kharkiv region. Additionally, a woman in her eighties was killed by Ukrainian shelling in Russian-held Donetsk.

Q: Why did Moscow’s second-largest airport suspend flights?

A: Moscow’s Vnukovo airport briefly suspended flights after a foiled drone attack near the Russian capital. The drone was shot down by Russian air defense systems, leading to safety concerns and flight suspensions.

Q: What did Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy say about the situation?

A: President Zelenskyy condemned the guided bomb attack on a blood transfusion center in Ukraine’s Kupyan district, calling it a war crime and a clear reflection of Russian aggression.

Q: Were there any casualties in the drone attack?

A: In the drone attack near Donetsk, the main building of the M. Tugan-Baranovsky University of Economics and Trade was damaged, causing the roof to collapse. However, there were no reported casualties in this incident.

Q: How did the conflict escalate further?

A: The conflict escalated with heavy clashes across Ukraine and reports of Russian forces launching 70 attack drones and air and sea missiles overnight. Cruise missiles were even launched from aircraft over the Caspian Sea, and Iranian-made strike UAVs were used, raising tensions in the region.

Q: Were there any attacks on Russian soil from Ukraine?

A: Authorities in Ukraine did not confirm whether they were responsible for the attempted drone strike near Moscow. Generally, Ukraine avoids commenting on attacks on Russian soil.

Q: Did the airstrikes cause damage to buildings and fires?

A: Yes, the missile strikes in Ukraine’s Khmelnytsky and Kupyan regions damaged several buildings and caused a fire in a warehouse and a forest fire, as reported on social media.

Q: How vulnerable is Moscow to such attacks?

A: The attempted drone attack near Moscow was one of four strikes on the Russian capital in a month, highlighting Moscow’s vulnerability as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues into its second year.

More about Ukraine-Russia conflict

  • “Three people have died during a night of air strikes and intense shelling across Ukraine, officials said Sunday” (source: CNN)
  • “Two people were killed and four more were injured following a Russian air strike in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region” (source: Reuters)
  • “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that a guided bomb had hit a blood transfusion center in the area’s Kupyan district” (source: Kyiv Independent)
  • “A woman in her eighties was also killed by Ukrainian shelling in Russian-held Donetsk, the city’s Moscow-appointed mayor Alexei Kulemzin said” (source: The Guardian)
  • “Moscow’s Vnukovo airport located 15 kilometers (nine miles) southwest of the Russian capital briefly suspended flights Sunday morning after a drone was shot down in the airspace around the city” (source: Reuters)
  • “The drone was destroyed by air defense systems in the Podolsk region of the Moscow suburbs, the Russian defense ministry said” (source: France 24)
  • “The Ukrainian air force reported Sunday that Russian forces had launched 70 attack drones and air and sea missiles overnight” (source: The Jerusalem Post)
  • “Serhiy Tyurin, deputy head of Ukraine’s Khmelnytsky region military administration, said Sunday that Russian missiles had damaged several buildings in the area, injuring one and sparking a fire in a warehouse” (source: Ukrinform)
  • “In the Russian-held city of Donetsk, Ukrainian shelling also set alight the main building of the M. Tugan-Baranovsky University of Economics and Trade” (source: Business Standard)
  • “Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said that the blaze caused the building’s roof to collapse, but that there were no casualties” (source: Bloomberg)

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3 comments

TechGeek21 August 7, 2023 - 1:07 am

Air defense systems destroyed the drone! Cool tech, man! But this war’s not cool at all. Buildings damaged, fires, it’s chaos. Stay safe, people! #UkraineRussiaTensions

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SoccerFan99 August 7, 2023 - 2:05 am

Drone shot down near Moscow? That’s wild! 70 attack drones launched overnight, tensions high! Ukrainian shelling caused fires & damage. Hope this ends soon, peace is what we need!

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BookWorm17 August 7, 2023 - 9:48 am

President Zelenskyy callin’ it a war crime, so serious! Guided bomb hit a blood transfusion center! This conflict escalatin’, and now Moscow airport suspended flights again? Crazy times!

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