Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin stated that a major drone attack on Moscow damaged several apartment buildings, but there have been no reports of fatalities.
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A major Tuesday morning drone attack has damaged buildings in the Russian capital of Moscow, which the Kremlin has swiftly blamed on Ukraine. It’s being widely described as the first attack to hit the capital’s civilian areas.
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said that multiple buildings sustained minor damage, but there have been no reports of fatalities after eight drones were inbound in the attack. “The Kiev regime launched a terrorist attack with unmanned aerial vehicles on targets in the city of Moscow,” the Russian Defense Ministry (MoD) said.
The statement went on to describe that five of the drones were shot down by Pantsir-S air defense systems stationed just outside Moscow, but drone-like fragments were found around a damaged building. The MoD also claimed another three had their systems jammed by electronic warfare measures.
Apartment buildings in the west and southwest of Moscow reportedly suffered explosions, and windows in several buildings and homes were blown out.
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As quoted in The Hill, “Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a Telegram post that two people required medical attention as a result of the attacks but they did not need to be hospitalized.”
“He said that the attacks caused minor damage to the buildings and that the residents of two high-story buildings were evacuated.” At least three buildings were identified as damaged from the drones. However, he sought to downplay the whole incident as having caused “insignificant” damage.
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