One of three Ukrainian drones hit a building in the financial and business center of the Russian capital, Moscow, Wednesday (23/8/2023) morning. Photo/Mash
MOSCOW – An armed Ukrainian drone attacked the financial and business center in the Russian capital, Moscow, Wednesday (23/8/2023) morning.
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said the drone hit a building under construction. According to him, no one was injured.
The Russian Ministry of Defense later issued a statement, saying that a total of three Ukrainian UAVs were on a mission to carry out a terrorist attack on Moscow.
It said two of the drones were destroyed mid-air, while a third swerved due to signal interference and crashed into a building in the city’s business district.
The city of Moscow, which contains some of Europe’s tallest skyscrapers, houses the offices of several Russian government ministries and agencies, as well as high-end apartment blocks. The district has been targeted by Ukrainian drones in the past.
Locals said they had heard loud explosions in Moscow itself and in Khimki, a northwestern suburb of the capital.
The TASS news agency quoted Russian emergency services as saying that the damage to buildings from the Ukrainian drone strike was minor.
A video posted to Telegram shows the drone crashing into a multi-storey building.
Wreckage of a different UAV was reportedly found in Khimki, where a residential block and a shop were damaged.
The Ukrainian drone first reached Moscow City on August 1, when a UAV hit one of the office buildings in the “IQ Quarter” complex.
Kyiv has stepped up airstrikes deep inside Russian territory in recent weeks as its troops, Moscow claims, failed to penetrate Russian defenses on the ground during the much-anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive.