Slight damage in Moscow
Kremlin calls drone strikes Ukrainian “act of terrorism”
05/30/2023 10:52 am
The Russian capital is said to have been attacked by drones in the morning. Pictures show only slightly damaged buildings in Moscow. The Kremlin blames Ukraine. Kiev rejects direct participation, but is happy.
Russia has blamed Ukraine for the drone strikes on Moscow – and has spoken of an “act of terrorism”. “This morning the Kiev regime carried out an act of terrorism using unmanned missiles on objects in the city of Moscow,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
A total of eight drones were used, all of which have now been destroyed. Three were deflected from their original trajectory, the remaining five were shot down by Russian anti-aircraft defenses, it said. Moscow did not provide any evidence to support the allegations. The Ukrainian government has denied the allegations. Of course he was happy about the attacks, says Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak in a YouTube broadcast. “But of course we have nothing to do with it directly.”
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin previously reported that his city had been attacked by drones in the early hours of the morning. Some residential buildings were slightly damaged and two people were slightly injured, he wrote. In social networks, there was talk of around 25 unmanned aerial vehicles that are said to have flown in the direction of Moscow.
In Kiev, a person died after the next wave of drones
Russia has been waging a war of aggression against neighboring Ukraine for more than 15 months. In the past few weeks, shelling and drone attacks have also increased in Russian regions. Probably the most spectacular incident occurred in early May when two flying objects were shot down directly over the Kremlin.
Moscow blamed the leadership in Kiev for the alleged attempted assassination of President Vladimir Putin and spoke of “terror” at the time. Ukraine, on the other hand, denied any involvement. Many international observers think it likely that the Kremlin attack may have been staged by Moscow itself to justify the brutal attacks on the neighboring country.
Meanwhile, the attack on Moscow followed a Russian drone strike on the Ukrainian capital of Kiev later in the night that killed at least one person, according to Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko. The Ukrainian Air Force said on Telegram that it shot down 29 of a total of 31 drones in the night air raid on the capital and the surrounding area – the third in 24 hours. According to the air force, the attacks were carried out with Iranian-made Shahed drones and lasted between “11:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.” (local time, 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. CEST). Russian shelling in the middle of the day on Monday caused panic in the Ukrainian capital.