Latest updates on Russia-Ukraine War: Moscow attacked by Ukrainian drones, leading to temporary closure of the airport.”

According to Russian authorities, in the early hours of Sunday, three Ukrainian drones launched an attack on Moscow, resulting in one person being injured. Following the incident, one of the four airports around Moscow was temporarily closed to traffic.

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This attack marked the fourth attempt to strike Moscow in July and the third just within the current week. The Russian Defense Ministry labeled the incident as an “attempted terrorist attack by the Kyiv regime.” Among the three drones that targeted the city, one was successfully shot down by air defense systems, while the other two were jammed and subsequently crashed into the Moscow City business district.

Photographs of the crash site revealed damage to the facade of a skyscraper on one floor. According to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, the attack “insignificantly damaged” the exteriors of two buildings in the Moscow city district.

During the incident, all flights were suspended at Vnukovo Airport, located on the southern outskirts of the city, for approximately an hour. Additionally, the airspace over Moscow and surrounding regions was temporarily closed for any aircraft. However, these restrictions have since been lifted. As a precautionary measure, Moscow authorities also closed a nearby street for traffic in the Moscow City area.

Notably, there was no immediate comment from Ukrainian officials, who rarely, if ever, take responsibility for attacks on Russian soil.

Earlier, on Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported the downing of a Ukrainian drone outside Moscow. Subsequently, on Monday, two more drones struck the Russian capital. One of these drones fell near the Defense Ministry’s headquarters along the Moscow River, about 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the Kremlin. The other drone hit an office building in southern Moscow, causing significant damage to several upper floors.

Another attack occurred on July 4, during which the Russian military stated that four drones were taken down by air defenses on the outskirts of Moscow, while a fifth drone was jammed and forced down using electronic warfare techniques.

Images from the scene showed damage to several windows at the corner of the buildings, with debris scattered on the ground below. An eyewitness named Liya, speaking to Reuters news agency, described the aftermath of the explosion, stating that “we heard an explosion and it was like a wave, everyone jumped.” She further added that “there was a lot of smoke and you couldn’t see anything. From above, you could see fire.”

As a result of the attack, flights at Vnukovo Airport were suspended briefly, and incoming planes were redirected to other airports. In response to the incident, the defense ministry issued a statement declaring that the “attempted terrorist attack” had been “thwarted.”

This drone attack on Sunday is the latest in a series that Moscow has attributed to Kyiv. Ukraine rarely claims responsibility for attacks inside Russia. Moscow, situated about 500km (310 miles) from the Ukrainian border, has seldom been targeted since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. However, Russia has consistently accused Ukraine of carrying out various drone strikes on its territory in recent months, including several on the capital.

Russia’s defense ministry also reported an overnight drone attack by Ukraine on Crimea, the territory annexed by Russia in 2014. According to officials, 16 drones were destroyed, and nine more were suppressed during the incident, as reported by the Tass news agency.

In response to these escalating tensions and attacks, Ukrainian officials reported a Russian missile attack on the city of Sumy in the northeast of the country, resulting in one person killed and five injured. An explosion destroyed a building at approximately 20:00 local time (17:00 GMT), as reported by public broadcaster Suspilne. Additionally, two people were killed in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia on Saturday, further adding to the escalating violence and instability in the region.

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