- Russia accuses Ukraine of new drone attack on Moscow
- Says all three drones shot down or forced to crash
- Nobody hurt, minor damage to two buildings – mayor
MOSCOW, July 30 (Reuters) – Russia’s Defence Ministry said it had brought down three Ukrainian drones early on Sunday that had tried to strike Moscow in the second such attack in a week, which damaged a high rise building reported to house government offices.
Nobody was hurt and there was only minor damage to the facade of two office buildings in the Moskva-Citi business district, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.
The area, several miles from the Kremlin, is known for its modern high-rise towers. One of the buildings damaged was home to three Russian government ministries as well as residential apartments, Russian media reported.
That hostile drones have reached the heart of the Russian capital in recent months, even if they have so far caused no major damage, is uncomfortable for the authorities who have told the public that Russia is in full control of what they call its “special military operation” against Ukraine.
Two drones reached the Kremlin in May in the most high-profile incident of its kind. Last Monday, Russia said it thwarted an attack on Moscow with two drones, one of which was brought down close to the headquarters of the defence ministry.
Kyiv typically does not claim responsibility for specific incidents on Russian territory, and did not claim the latest attack, though President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the war was “gradually returning to Russia’s territory – to its symbolic centres”.
“And this is an inevitable, natural, and absolutely fair process,” Zelenskiy said in his daily address to the nation.