Moscow has been targeted with a large-scale drone attack for the first time in its 15-month-old war in Ukraine.
Two people required medical assistance following the drone attack on the Russian capital, but none were seriously injured, Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin said.
Russia’s RIA state news agency reported that some residents of a building on Profsoyuznaya Street in the city’s south were being evacuated as at Tuesday morning, May 30.
A pro-Kremlin television commentator said, without citing sources that the attack involved about 25 unmanned aircraft.
Andrei Vorobyov, governor of the Moscow region said on Telegram that several drones were shot down on their approach to the Russian capital.
It comes after one person was killed and four were injured by falling debris in the third round of attacks on Kyiv in 24 hours.
The Russian defence ministry said eight drones targeted the city overnight but Russian media close to the security services wrote that the number was many times higher, with more than 30 drones participating in the attack.
According to Russia’s Defence Ministry, Ukraine targeted Moscow with eight drones on Tuesday, but that all the drones involved in the incident were downed.
‘This morning, the Kyiv regime launched a terrorist drone attack on targets in the city of Moscow,’ the defence ministry said.
‘Three of them were suppressed by electronic warfare, lost control and deviated from their intended targets. Another five drones were shot down by the Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile system in the Moscow region,’ it said.
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‘I woke up at 6.15 from a loud explosion, and then for the next 45 minutes there were around six other booms every 10 minutes or so,’ a security guard told the Guardian.
He was based in the elite gated community in Zhukovka, near where the strikes took place.