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Russia claims to blown down two Ukrainian drones close to Moscow

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On Wednesday, Russia said it shot down two Ukrainian drones near Moscow, one near a major airport to the south of the city and one to the west.

“An attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack using unmanned aerial vehicles was foiled over Moscow region territory,” the defense ministry said.

“Air defenses destroyed two UAVs.”

One was shot down near Domodedovo, one of Russia’s busiest international airports, and another near the Minsk road, according to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

Drone air strikes have risen deep inside Russia since a drone was destroyed over the Kremlin in early May. Later in May, civilian sections of the capital were struck, and earlier this month, a Moscow business zone was targeted twice in three days.

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Members of the security services investigate the site of a damaged building following a reported drone attack in Moscow, Russia, July 24, 2023. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

In recent days, Ukrainian remotely piloted boats, sometimes known as drones, assaulted a Russian petroleum tanker and a navy installation at Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorossiysk.

Although officials have openly expressed delight with the attacks on Russian territory, Ukraine normally does not comment on who is behind them. According to the New York Times, US intelligence agencies believed Ukrainian spies or military intelligence were behind the drone hit on the Kremlin in May.

Russia and Ukraine War

In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, igniting a war that has decimated Ukrainian cities and killed tens of thousands of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers.

Throughout the war, Russia has launched thousands of long-range drone strikes on Ukraine, frequently hitting civilian sites distant from the combat lines. Moscow denies deliberately targeting civilians.