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Russia destroys Ukrainian drones including over Moscow, Defense Ministry says

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Russia destroys Ukrainian drones including over Moscow, Defense Ministry says
Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had thwarted multiple drone attacks from Ukraine over many regions, including its capital, Moscow. — courtesy Getty Images/File

Published in Saudi Gazatte, on Nov 27th, 2023,


MOSCOW — Russia has foiled at least 20 Ukrainian drone attacks over the past day, including on the capital, Moscow, officials said Sunday, a day after it launched its largest drone attack against the Ukrainian capital.

According to Russia’s Ministry of Defense, 11 drones were destroyed over the territories of Moscow, Tula, Kaluga and Bryansk oblasts over Saturday night, adding later on Sunday that nine more were also destroyed over the same regions.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said there were no injuries or damage as a result of the wreckage.

In the Russian region of Tula, one of the drones crashed into an apartment building, resulting in damage to windows and one person receiving a slight cut, according to the Tula governor, Alexey Dyumin.

An attack also targeted the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), damaging the power system and leaving parts of the region without power overnight, according to the DPR’s Russian-backed head, Denis Pushilin.

“The situation is difficult,” Pushilin said on Telegram Sunday, adding “the work is ongoing, everything is being done to return the heat and light for our citizens as soon as possible.”

Russia’s Ministry of Defense also said Sunday that its air defenses had destroyed two S-200 anti-aircraft missiles in the air over the Sea of Azov at around 11 a.m. Moscow time (3 a.m. ET).

The attacks follow Russia’s largest drone attack against Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv since the start of its full-scale invasion, according to local officials.

A Telegram post from Ukraine’s Air Force said it had intercepted 71 Shahed drones across six regions of Ukraine, with the vast majority in Kyiv region. It described the attack as a “record number” of drones.

The attack on Kyiv left 77 residential buildings and 120 establishments in the city center temporarily without power Saturday, before supply was restored later in the day.

As the weather grows colder, Ukraine faces fears of a repeat of events from last winter, when Russia carried out a sustained campaign of attacks on its energy infrastructure. — CNN

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