Massive Ukrainian drone attack. Some reached the Moscow region

, 11:28, 17.03.2024
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Ukrainian drones launched a surprise attack on multiple targets deep inside Russia, including Moscow, during the country's presidential election. Three Moscow airports were closed due to the attack.

Massive Ukrainian drone attack. Some reached the Moscow region

Dozens of Ukrainian drones appeared in Russian airspace on the night of Saturday to Sunday. According to information from the Russian authorities, most of the drones were shot down. Some of them reached the Moscow region. For security reasons, restrictions were introduced at three airports in the Russian capital.

Ukrainian drones appeared over several Russian regions at night. The increased drone attacks are linked to the ongoing presidential election.

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that on the night of the attack, the air defense system shot down 35 unmanned aerial vehicles over the territory of the Russian Federation.

Oil refinery fire

One of the attacks was carried out on an oil refinery in Slavyansk, Krasnodar Krai. The Russian side reported a fire, which was allegedly caused by the fall of one of the downed drones. The services quickly managed to cope with the flames.

According to the Unian portal, the refinery was attacked by probably five drones, some of which “broke through” over the facility.

The rest of the drones were to be “neutralized”. Roman Siniagowskiy, head of the Slavyansky district, said that the refinery staff had been evacuated. One of the employees died during the attack, and the cause of death was a heart attack.

"Drones continue to hit Russian refineries located almost 1000 km deep into Russian territory. Recently, our kamikaze drones simultaneously hit two Russian oil refineries in the Samara region of the Russian Federation, which is at least 900 kilometers from the Ukrainian state border," - the Ukrainian portal reminds.

Ukrainian drone attack. They reached Moscow

Early in the morning, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin reported on social media that drones had appeared over the Russian capital, but had been shot down by air defense.

The first was to be shot down in the Ramenskoye district near Moscow, the second in the Stupino district, and two more in the Domodedovo district. As he said, there were no casualties or losses.

As a result of the air threat, three Moscow airports - Domodedovo, Vnukovo and Zhukovsky - introduced flight restrictions. Five drones were shot down near the ports.

The Ukrainians also sent drones to the area of the border town of Belgorod. The governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said that four of them damaged power lines and gas pipelines in the settlement of Oktyabrsky by dropping explosive charges.

One of the aircraft was also reportedly shot down over Kaluga in central Russia, according to the region's governor, Vladislav Shapsha. Again, there were no reported casualties or damage.

Citing data from the Russian Defense Ministry, "Ukrainska Pravda" reported that the drones had also reached the areas of the cities of Yaroslavl, Rostov, and the Kursk region.

Presidential elections in Russia

According to the Kremlin narrative, the activity of Ukrainian drones is “terrorist attacks” aimed at disrupting the presidential elections.

Polling stations in the Russian Federation opened on Friday and will close on Sunday. For the first time in history, it is possible to vote online for a candidate in some Russian regions.

The favorite to win is Vladimir Putin, who, thanks to changes made in 2020, can run for another term.

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