Air traffic temporarily disrupted
Moscow reports drone launches
8/22/2023 5:44 am
In the early morning, air traffic in the Russian capital is temporarily stopped completely. There is no official justification. A little later, both the mayor and the defense minister report the shooting down of several Ukrainian drones.
According to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, the Russian air defense repelled four Ukrainian drones in the morning. Two drones were destroyed over the Moscow region, two more crashed over the Bryansk border region in the south-west of the country, the ministry said on Telegram. There were no dead or injured.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin also told Telegram that the two drones in the Moscow region were shot down near the satellite city of Krasnogorsk and in a settlement west of the capital. Emergency services are on site. A high-rise building was damaged in Krasnogorsk, the Russian state news agency Tass reported, citing emergency services. The window panes on several floors of the apartment building were broken. Several cars parked near the building were also damaged. According to initial information, however, there were no dead or injured. The information could not be independently verified.
According to Tass, flight operations at all three Moscow airports had been temporarily suspended or delayed during the night. Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports resumed air traffic after a brief interruption. Vnukovo remained closed for the time being. The reason for the suspension of flight operations was not initially given.