Russia shot down two Ukrainian drones en route to Moscow and six others over the Crimean Peninsula on Sunday, the Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday.
“The air defense repelled a drone attack on Moscow over the Istra district west of the city,” Mayor Sergey Sobyanin confirmed on Telegram on Sunday morning, adding that the emergency services were responding to the incident.
The military said that a plane-type UAV was detected and destroyed at around 1:45am Moscow time in Istra, while another drone was intercepted over the Domodedovo district several hours later. According to preliminary data, there were no injuries or damage on the ground, the authorities added.
Moscow’s three main airports – Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, and Vnukovo – were briefly shut down as a precaution.
Another “attempted Ukrainian terrorist attack was thwarted” in Crimea, with two drones intercepted west of the peninsula around 1:15am local time, according to the Defense Ministry.
Four more drones were intercepted over the Black Sea in the vicinity of Crimea between 1:45am and 2:20am, the Russian military said in another statement.
Ukrainian UAVs have repeatedly targeted the capital and other Russian regions in recent months, with most of them either shot down mid-air or crashing due to signal-jamming.
Source: Russian media