Russia-Ukraine conflict: Moscow claims the downing of 3 drones, suspecting a deliberate attack by Kyiv

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Reports from Russian media indicate that 3 drones were brought down near the village of Lukino, an administrative part of Moscow. The wreckage of one drone was discovered approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) away. Fortunately, there have been no casualties or damage reported.

Governor Andrei Vorobyov of the Moscow region revealed that two of the drones were intercepted outside Moscow while approaching local military warehouses. This incident is suspected to be Ukraine’s latest attempt to target Russian locations during the initial stages of Kyiv’s recent counteroffensive.

According to Russian media, the drones descended close to the village of Lukino, which falls under Moscow’s jurisdiction. The remains of the third drone were allegedly found 20 kilometers away. Thankfully, no injuries or harm were documented.

The Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement labeling the incident as an “unsuccessful terrorist attack” carried out by the “Kyiv regime” against its facilities in the Moscow region. They claimed that electronic jamming techniques were responsible for downing all three drones.

Ukraine, known for not acknowledging attacks on Russian soil, has yet to respond to the downing of the drones. In response to Russia’s invasion and ongoing war since February 2022, Ukrainian officials have previously asserted their right to strike any target.

Back in December, Moscow announced the destruction of drones that were supposedly targeting military air bases in the Saratov and Ryazan regions of western Russia.

It has been reported on multiple occasions that drones from Ukraine have penetrated deep into Russian territory. Since a UJ-22 crashed 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Moscow in February, Ukrainian drones have frequently approached the Russian capital.

In what appeared to be one of Kyiv’s most audacious strikes inside Russia, a recent drone attack caused minor damage in Moscow.

After Russian authorities revealed that two drones had targeted the Kremlin, it became the second reported strike on Moscow that month.

At the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that Moscow’s air defense system “performed satisfactorily,” but acknowledged the need to address its shortcomings.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov confirmed the drone attack on Wednesday, stating that “the anti-drone measures did their job.” Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-appointed governor of Crimea, claimed that train traffic was disrupted on the same day.

Although Aksyonov did not specify the cause of the disruption, some Russian media outlets suggested that the railway lines were sabotaged overnight.

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In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, an act deemed illegal by most of the international community. The rail lines passing through Crimea are crucial for supplying Russian forces stationed at the front lines in southern and eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has expressed the country’s goal of reclaiming the peninsula through its recent counteroffensive.

The UK Defense Ministry stated that Russia has dedicated significant effort to establishing elaborate defensive positions on the approaches to Crimea, in response to Ukraine’s military threat and the use of advanced weaponry provided by Western allies.

In a tweet, the ministry highlighted that maintaining control over Crimea remains a top political priority for the Kremlin.

Intense fighting has been reported in the southern regions of Ukraine, where Kyiv’s forces are testing Russian defenses.

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