Russia’s defences were tested as two drones were intercepted and neutralized, one targeting the Moscow region and the other the city’s heart. The ongoing strife between Moscow and Kyiv has seen a significant surge in drone invasions, prompting heightened vigilance across Russian territories. These recurrent threats have amplified concerns about the safety and security of the nation’s capital.
On his Telegram channel, Moscow’s Mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, shed light on the incident: “Our air defences responded promptly, neutralizing a drone in the Mozhaisky district of the Moscow region. Meanwhile, another unmanned aerial vehicle crashed into an under-construction tower in Moscow City.” Although chaos ensued, preliminary findings indicate no casualties resulted from the drone strikes.
Witness accounts from the bustling Moscow City business hub described a sudden “explosion,” with smoke billowing from nearby structures. Upon investigation by emergency teams, the TASS state news agency confirmed that the damage was confined to a building under construction within the business district.
Ripple Effects on Air Traffic and Previous Attacks
In the aftermath of the attacks, Moscow’s major aviation hubs – Vnukovo, Sheremetyevo, and Domodedovo – temporarily suspended their operations, prioritizing security measures. This isn’t the first time the city faced such threats. Earlier in the month, on August 18, drone debris plummeted onto the Expocentre area post-interception, causing cosmetic harm to the pavilion. A similar interception episode transpired on August 10, fortifying the city’s resolve against these aerial threats.
The steady hum of drones has become an alarmingly familiar sound, as reported by the RIA Novosti correspondent, especially during the wee hours. An incident at around 3:00 am Moscow time in the “Moscow-City” metropolitan area notably sent shockwaves, with resonating sounds and smoke indicating another attempt thwarted.