The timely interception of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by Russia’s air defense forces has prevented possible catastrophes, according to Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. The drones, which were intercepted in various regions, including Moscow, Tula, Kaluga, and Bryansk, were of Ukrainian origin, and their interception ensured the safety of the public, with no reported casualties or significant damage.
Defense Ministry’s Counteraction
The Russian Defense Ministry’s prompt action resulted in the downing of multiple UAVs, several of which were heading towards the capital. Mayor Sobyanin reassured the public that no harm occurred even as debris fell from a thwarted drone in the Ramensky urban district.
The Governor of the Tula Region announced that two drones were intercepted, with one of them losing control and crashing into a residential building, resulting in one person getting injured. Alexander Bogomaz, the Governor of the Bryansk Region, confirmed the downing of two drones, highlighting the effective protection against Ukrainian attacks in his region.
Operations at Moscow’s airports were disrupted due to the incidents, with 29 flights experiencing delays and three being canceled at Vnukovo, Domodedovo, and Sheremetyevo. However, normalcy was restored later in the day as temporary restrictions were lifted.
Recurrent Drone Intrusions
The ongoing presence of Ukrainian drones crossing into Russian territory, happening almost every day since the counterattack in June, remains a source of difficulties. The United Nations expressed concerns in August following an unsuccessful drone attack in Moscow, highlighting the importance of refraining from targeting civilian infrastructure.
The steadfast dedication of Russia’s defense personnel to thwarting threats while minimizing casualties and damage underscores their unwavering commitment to ensuring national security and shielding civilians from harm.
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