Ukraine carries out drone strikes in Moscow and Crimea
Ukrainian Minister of Digital Transformation Mikhailo Fedorov confirmed drone attacks that hit Moscow and the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, occupied by Russia since 2014.
“Today at dawn drones have attacked the capital of the orcs and Crimea”, Fedorov, whose ministry is in charge of an ambitious program to supply drones to the Ukrainian army, wrote on his Telegram account, using the pejorative term that many Ukrainians use in this war to refer to the Russians.
Fedorov added that Russian anti-aircraft defenses and electronic systems are “less and less able to protect” Russian airspaceand closed his brief message by announcing more similar attacks in the future: "There will be more of this."
The attacks against Moscow and Crimea occur after Russia has attacked the city and ports of Odessa almost daily and its surroundings in the last week. Following yesterday's missile attack on this city, President Volodimir Zelensky vowed to avenge what he called an act of Russian terrorism.
One of the two drones that attacked Moscow today fell in the vicinity of a military university, in an area of the capital where several buildings of the Russian Ministry of Defense are located.
The device fell next to number 17 Komsomolsky avenue, caused the glass to break in at least two businessesone of them specialized in the sale of Crimean wines, according to what the EFE agency was able to verify.
According to the Belling Cat researcher Christo Grozev, in the sector where the drone crashed there are various buildings of the Military Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry.
Second apparatus fell into the Likhachov avenue, in a business center under construction, and broke glass on floors 17 and 18 in an area of 50 square meters.
“Today, around 04:00, drone strikes were recorded on two non-residential buildings. There was no serious damage or casualties." said the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, on his Telegram channel.
Previously, the Russian Ministry of Defense had claimed to have thwarted "an attempt by the kyiv regime to perpetrate a terrorist attack with two drones against installations on the territory of Moscow”.
He indicated that “the two Ukrainian drones were inhibited by means of electronic warfare and they crashed."
It is “an act of international terrorism”, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told RTVI television.
The last attack attempt against Moscow took place on July 4, when the Defense Department claimed to have frustrated a terrorist attack with five drones launched by Ukraine against New Moscow, administrative district of the Russian capital, and the Moscow region.
Previously, Russia reported on June 21 shoot down three drones who were trying to attack facilities in the Moscow region.
Two of the most notorious attacks against the Russian capital that did succeed occurred in May, one against several residential buildings that caused "minor damage" and another against the dome of the Senate Palacewhich is part of the Kremlin complex on Red Square.
In addition, the Russian government claimed to have shot down 17 drones launched by Ukraine against the Crimean peninsula, annexed in 2014 by Moscow. The Russian Defense Ministry added that "fourteen Ukrainian drones were killed by means of electronic warfare." "Eleven of them crashed in the Black Sea, while three fell on the peninsula," he detailed.
He also added that “another three drones were destroyed by air defense systems”, while stressing that "there are no victims as a result of the disjointed terrorist attack."
Shortly before, the governor of Crimea, Sergei Aksenov, had said that the Russian air defense had intercepted eleven drones over the Crimean sky, although confirmed a "hit" on an ammunition depot in the Dzhankoy region.
“In addition, drone remnants have damaged a private house in the Kirovsky district”, said Aksenov, calling on Crimean citizens to "remain calm" and "trust only official sources of information."
The Crimean peninsula, and in particular Sevastopol - home to the main base of Russia's Black Sea Fleet - is a prominent target of Ukrainian forceswhich use drones and missiles to hit Russian targets.
(With information from EFE and Europe Press)
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