Ukraine has been accused by the Russian defense ministry of launching a drone attack on Moscow, resultantly flights diverted from vnukovo airport.
The attack, reportedly carried out with five drones, targeted not only the capital but also locations in the surrounding region. The defense ministry confirmed that all the drones were successfully shot down, with no casualties or damage reported.
However, Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the alleged attack, leaving questions about the perpetrators unanswered. The restrictions imposed on Vnukovo airport have now been lifted, restoring normalcy to flight operations.
According to the Russian defense ministry, four of the drones flying in the Moscow region were intercepted and shot down by air defense systems. The fifth drone was electronically intercepted and subsequently crashed.
The foreign ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, described the attack as a "new terrorist act" and criticized the Kyiv regime for targeting a zone that includes an airport catering to international flights.
Reports indicate that one of the crashed drones fell in the town of Kubinka, located approximately 36 kilometers (22 miles) southwest of Vnukovo airport, while another was shot down near the nearby village of Valuevo.
This is not the first time Moscow has experienced drone attacks. In May, the Russian defense ministry confirmed minor damage caused by at least eight drones.
These incidents marked the first time the city had been targeted by multiple drones since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
At that time, Moscow accused Kyiv of a drone attack on the Kremlin, an accusation that Ukraine vehemently denied.
The recent drone attack comes amidst Ukraine's ongoing counter-offensive against Russia, although progress has been slower than anticipated, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
As tensions persist, the death toll from a Russian drone attack on the northern Ukrainian city of Sumy has risen to three, as confirmed by the local mayor. Several others were injured in the attack, adding to the tragic toll of the ongoing conflict.
The situation remains tense, and efforts to verify the information surrounding the drone attacks continue, with media outlets such as the BBC working independently to gather accurate details.
The escalation of drone attacks underscores the volatile nature of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, as both sides engage in military actions with far-reaching consequences. The international community closely watches the situation, hoping for a resolution that brings stability and peace to the region.
The recent drone attack allegedly launched by Ukraine on Moscow has heightened tensions between the two countries. Although all the drones were successfully shot down, the incident has raised concerns about the ongoing conflict and the potential for further escalation.
With flights at Vnukovo Airport returning to normal and efforts to verify the information underway, the international community anxiously awaits a resolution to the conflict that brings stability and peace to the region.