Overnight drone attack on Moscow injures 1, temporarily closes airport for traffic

by Michael Nguyen
Drone Attack in Moscow

Authorities in Russia have reported an early Sunday drone assault on Moscow, allegedly launched by Ukraine. The attack led to minor injuries for one individual and instigated a temporary shutdown of an airport out of the city’s four.

This marks the fourth attack on the capital area this month and the third within this week, thereby intensifying worries about Moscow’s susceptibility to assaults amidst the prolonged Russia-Ukraine conflict now in its 18th month.

The Russian Defense Ministry has labeled the incident as an “attempted terrorist assault by the Kyiv administration,” stating that three drones had targeted the city. One of the drones was intercepted and destroyed by air defense systems in the Moscow region, while the other two, affected by signal jamming, crashed into Moscow City, the capital’s business district.

Images from the crash site revealed a single floor of a high-rise building exhibiting some damage. According to Moscow’s Mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, the attack resulted in “minimal damage” to the exterior of two structures within the Moscow City district. A security guard was reportedly injured in the incident, as per the state news agency Tass, referencing statements from emergency services.

During the incident, no aircraft were allowed to enter or leave the Vnukovo airport on the city’s southern fringes for approximately an hour. Additionally, the airspace over Moscow and its surrounding areas was temporarily closed off. However, these restrictions have been lifted since. Road traffic near the crash site in the Moscow City area was also temporarily halted.

Ukrainian officials have not yet commented on the event, as they seldom admit to orchestrating attacks on Russian territory.

On the previous Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed to have shot down a Ukrainian drone near Moscow. Two additional drones targeted the Russian capital on Monday, one falling near the Defense Ministry’s headquarters located along the Moscow River, approximately 2 miles away from the Kremlin. The other drone struck a commercial building in southern Moscow, causing significant damage to its upper floors.

On July 4th, four drones were shot down by the Russian military on the outskirts of Moscow, and another was electronically jammed and forced to land.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ukrainian drone attack on Moscow

Who allegedly launched the drone attack on Moscow?

The Russian authorities allege that the attack was launched by Ukraine.

How many drones were involved in the attack?

Three drones were involved in the attack on Moscow.

What was the impact of the drone attack?

One security guard was injured in the attack. Also, it led to temporary closures of the Vnukovo airport and airspace over Moscow, as well as some road traffic near the crash site in the Moscow City area.

How have the Russian authorities described the attack?

The Russian Defense Ministry has labeled the incident as an “attempted terrorist assault by the Kyiv administration”.

Were any buildings damaged in the drone attack?

Yes, two buildings in the Moscow City business district sustained minor exterior damage.

What has been the frequency of drone attacks on Moscow recently?

This is the fourth such attempt at a strike on the capital region this month and the third within this week.

Have Ukrainian officials commented on the attack?

As of now, there has been no comment from Ukrainian officials regarding this attack. They rarely admit responsibility for attacks on Russian soil.

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Anna_K July 31, 2023 - 6:28 am

It’s scary how these drone attacks are becomin more frequent! Like, this is the third time this week? Crazy…

PeteTheSkeptic July 31, 2023 - 7:07 am

“Attempted terrorist attack by the Kyiv regime”… hmm.. interesting how they label it. Are we sure it’s Ukraine?

Mike87 July 31, 2023 - 8:34 am

Wow, this whole situation is really heatin up. Hope they find a way to end the conflict soon. People are gettin hurt 🙁

RealPolitik July 31, 2023 - 2:09 pm

War is brutal. No winners here, just victims. Russian, Ukrainian, doesn’t matter. In the end, it’s people sufferin.

Globetrotter001 July 31, 2023 - 8:19 pm

Ive been to Moscow City district. Never imagined it could be a target of such attacks! Stay safe, everyone.

HopefulDove July 31, 2023 - 10:35 pm

I hope the injured security guard recovers soon. These are tough times for everyone.


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