Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said a hostile drone was destroyed by air defenses as it approached the city on Sunday, while one of the capital’s airports suspended flights. Russia’s Defence Ministry said separately that the Ukrainian drone had been downed over the Podolsk district of the Moscow region south of the capital. Sobyanin wrote on messaging app Telegram that the drone approached Moscow around 11 a.m. (0800 GMT). Russia accused Ukraine of two drone attacks on its capital last week which damaged a skyscraper in the Moskva Citi district. On Sunday, the Vnukovo airport said it was suspending flights “for reasons beyond our control.”ChatGPT
Moscow Mayor Confirms Destruction of Hostile Drone Near City, Airport Flights Suspended
A hostile drone was successfully intercepted and destroyed by Moscow’s air defenses as it approached the city on Sunday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin confirmed. Concurrently, one of the capital’s airports, Vnukovo, announced the suspension of flights due to circumstances beyond its control.
Russia’s Defense Ministry separately reported that the downed Ukrainian drone was located over the Podolsk district, situated to the south of Moscow.
Sobyanin communicated through the Telegram messaging app that the incident occurred around 11 a.m. (0800 GMT) when the unauthorized drone entered the vicinity of Moscow. The encounter follows Russia’s recent accusations against Ukraine for two drone attacks on Moscow during the previous week, resulting in damage to a skyscraper within the Moskva Citi district.
Amid the heightened security concerns, Vnukovo airport took the precautionary measure of suspending flights due to factors beyond its control. The move aims to ensure safety and security in the region while investigations and security protocols are enacted in response to the drone activity.
These events underscore the growing significance of drone-related incidents and the heightened security measures undertaken by authorities to safeguard populated areas and critical infrastructure.