Barrages of drones intercepted near Kyiv and Moscow

AFP , Thursday 3 Aug 2023

Russia on Thursday said it had downed six drones in the Kaluga region, less than 200 kilometres from Moscow, amid a surge in such attacks targeting the capital city.

The damage on an administrative building is seen after an overnight drone attack in Kyiv, on August 2, 2023. AFP


The defence ministry said it had foiled "a terrorist attack with drones" in Kaluga.

"This night, six drones trying to cross the Kaluga region, were shot down with anti-air defence systems," said regional governor Vyacheslav Shapsha said on Telegram.

There were no casualties, he said.

Russia on Tuesday said it had foiled drone attacks in Moscow but one of them hit a building in the city, which witnessed a similar strike last weekend.

Early on Thursday, almost 15 drones were downed during an overnight attack on Kyiv, Ukrainian officials said, in the second strike on the capital in as many days.

Air defence forces "detected and destroyed almost 15 air targets", said Sergiy Popko, head of the Kyiv city military administration, without specifying who launched the attack.

Early information indicated no damage or casualties, he said.

Popko said the attackers had used a barrage of Shahid drones, in an onslaught that lasted three hours.

The city's military administration had earlier issued an alert for air attacks and warned residents to stay in shelters.

"It became the 820th (air alert) for Kyiv since the beginning of the full-scale invasion," Popko said.

The strike was repelled a day after another "massive" overnight attack on the Ukrainian capital, Popko said.

More than 10 Shahed drones were downed over Kyiv on Wednesday, with debris hitting several districts including the busy Solomyansky, home to an international airport.

Last week, Russia launched a nighttime drone attack on Kyiv, with all incoming drones shot down.


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