Ukrainian drones once again targeted Moscow’s financial and business district, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin confirmed in a recent statement. This attack follows a similar incident that occurred over the weekend. Sobyanin revealed that one drone managed to bypass air defenses and strike one of the high-rise buildings in Moscow City, an area known for housing some of Europe’s tallest skyscrapers. In a Telegram post, he wrote, “Several drones were shot down while attempting to fly to Moscow. One hit the same tower in Moscow City as the last attack, causing damage to the building’s facade on the 21st floor.”
The targeted building was identified as the ‘IQ Quarter’ complex, which houses various Russian government agencies, including the ministries of trade, economy, and telecommunications. At this time, there are no reports of casualties or injuries. Emergency services are currently present at the scene to assess and address any potential damage caused by the drone strike.
As a precautionary measure, all flights to and from Vnukovo Airport, southwest of Moscow, were briefly suspended. This decision aimed to ensure the safety of passengers and prevent any further incidents.
The Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement regarding the attack, revealing that a total of three drones were involved. Two of these drones were allegedly destroyed mid-air outside Moscow, while the third one was intercepted and redirected by radio electronic warfare, ultimately crashing into a non-residential complex in Moscow City.
Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on the situation, describing the Ukrainian drone attacks as “terrorist strikes” motivated by frustration over their military failures. He stated, “These attempted drone attacks on Moscow are acts of desperation against the background of their failures. Kiev resorts to such terrorist tactics.” Peskov emphasized that Ukraine’s resorting to terrorist tactics reflects the precarious position they find themselves in.
The Ukrainian government’s repeated drone attacks on the Russian capital raise concerns about the escalation of tensions between the two nations. The ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia has already resulted in heavy casualties and significant damage to infrastructure. While the drones used in these attacks have caused property damage, the potential for more severe consequences cannot be ignored.
The international community will be closely watching the situation to determine the appropriate response to these acts of aggression. De-escalation efforts and diplomatic negotiations may be crucial in restoring peace and stability in the region. Both sides must work towards a peaceful resolution to avoid further escalation and an increase in casualties. It is imperative that diplomatic channels remain open to find a lasting solution to the ongoing conflict.