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Flights grounded at a Moscow airport after drone attack

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said no one was injured. (Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images)

A drone strike that occurred on Tuesday morning on Moscow's outskirts and caused an airport's flights to be canceled was attributed by Russia to Ukraine.

Russia's defense ministry stated in a statement that "an attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist attack by five unmanned aerial vehicles against facilities in Moscow region and New Moscow was foiled this morning."

According to the statement, one drone was shot down over the Moscow region's Odintsovo city and four were destroyed above the Russian capital. No one was hurt, according to Sergei Sobyanin, mayor of Moscow.

Sobyanin stated that all restrictions were lifted as of 8 a.m. local time (7 a.m. CET) on Tuesday morning for "security reasons," adding that flights from Moscow's international Vnukovo Airport had been "temporarily rerouted."

Ukraine typically doesn't admit or deny responsibility for these assaults.

Andriy Cherniak, a spokesperson of Ukrainian Military Intelligence, told POLITICO, "As we are always saying in these cases, all such things happening in Russia are the consequences of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine."

Over the past few months, Moscow has been the subject of many drone assaults, which Russian authorities attribute to Ukraine.

In May, after a nighttime drone strike on the Kremlin, the president's official home in Moscow, Russia claimed to have thwarted a plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin.

Later, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, denied any involvement. "We don't criticize Moscow or Putin. On our turf, we fight. Our towns and cities are under defense, Zelenskyy declared.

Publish : 2023-07-04 18:59:00

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