The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine escalated further as Moscow accused the United States and NATO of aiding Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian territory. This came after Russia reported downing five drones near the capital on Tuesday, while Ukraine stated that 43 people, including 12 children, were injured in a Russian strike on the town of Pervomaisky in the eastern Kharkiv region.
The Russian foreign ministry alleged that these attacks would not have been possible without the assistance provided to the Kyiv regime by the U.S. and its NATO allies. They claimed that the West was training drone operators and providing the necessary intelligence to carry out such acts, labeling them as “crimes” and a form of terrorism. These accusations reflect the latest incidents in a series of drone attacks that Moscow has blamed on Kyiv, including previous strikes on the Kremlin and Russian towns near the Ukrainian border.
According to the Russian military, all five drones were successfully downed, with no reported damage or casualties resulting from the attacks. However, emergency services mentioned that one of the drones was “neutralized” near Kubinka, causing a brief disruption to air traffic at Vnukovo international airport, located approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.
Meanwhile, Ukraine asserted that Russia had launched 22 Iranian “Shahed” attack drones and three missiles at regions including Sumy, Donetsk, and Zaporizhzhia. Ukrainian forces claimed to have destroyed 16 of the drones. The strike in the eastern Kharkiv region targeted a parking lot near a residential building in Pervomaisky, resulting in burned and destroyed cars. Images shared by Kyiv’s presidential office and the governor of the Kharkiv region depicted the aftermath of the attack, with smoke rising from the scene. The reported injuries included 43 people, including 12 children.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine further intensified as both sides exchanged accusations regarding a potential “provocation.” Ukraine accused Russia of planning an attack on the Moscow-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, while Russia claimed that Kyiv was intending to target the facility. Such allegations have been regularly made by both sides since the beginning of the conflict, with concerns raised about the safety of the nuclear plant.
In a separate incident, a prominent Russian investigative journalist, Elena Milashina, was assaulted by armed assailants in Chechnya. The attack occurred while Milashina and a lawyer were traveling from the airport. Milashina, who has extensively covered human rights abuses in Chechnya, sustained injuries and was taken to the hospital. Her newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, shared a video of her in the hospital, showing her head shaved and dyed with a green-colored substance often used to target critics of the Kremlin. Milashina believed the attack was linked to her professional activities in Chechnya.
As tensions continue to escalate, these events highlight the volatile situation between Russia and Ukraine, with both sides trading accusations and violence taking its toll on civilians and journalists caught in the crossfire.