The region’s governor said a drone had crashed 100 km from Moscow on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered officials to tighten control of the border with Ukraine after a series of drone attacks that Russian authorities blamed on Kiev, which posed a new challenge for Moscow a year after its all-out invasion of its neighbour.
A drone crashed on Tuesday just 100 kilometers southeast of Moscow, in an alarming development for Russia’s defences.
While Putin did not mention any specific attacks in a speech in the Russian capital, he stepped up border controls hours after drone strikes targeted several regions in southern and western Russia and authorities closed the airspace over St Petersburg in response, some reports said. It was a drone.
Also on Tuesday, several Russian television stations broadcast a missile attack, which officials blamed on hacking.
The drone attacks caused no casualties but caused a security uproar after the war in Ukraine marked its one-year anniversary last week.
Ukrainian officials did not immediately claim responsibility for the attacks, but they similarly avoided outright acknowledging responsibility for the earlier strikes and sabotage while asserting Kiev’s right to hit any target in Russia after Moscow launched its all-out invasion of Ukraine.
No harm to the drone
A series of drone attacks on Monday night and Tuesday morning targeted areas within Russia along the border with Ukraine and deeper into the country, according to local Russian authorities.
Andrei Vorobyov, governor of the region around the Russian capital, said in a statement that a drone had crashed near the village of Gubastovo, 100 km southeast of Moscow.
Vorobyov said the drone did no harm. He did not describe the drone as Ukrainian, but said it likely targeted a “civilian infrastructure target”.
Pictures of the drone showed that it was of the Ukrainian type. The missile is said to have a range of up to 800 kilometers (nearly 500 miles) but is not capable of carrying a large charge of explosives.
Early on Tuesday morning, Russian forces shot down a Ukrainian drone over the southwestern Bryansk region, Gov. Aleksandr Bogomaz said in a post on Telegram. He said that there were no casualties in the accident near the Ukrainian and Belarusian borders.
Local authorities reported that three drones also targeted the Russian region of Belgorod on the Ukrainian border on Monday night and one flew through the window of an apartment in its capital, also called Belgorod. It is located 80 km (50 miles) north of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said the drones caused minor damage to buildings and cars, but there were no casualties.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukraine had used drones to attack facilities in the southern Krasnodar region and neighboring Adygea. She added that the drones were shot down by electronic warfare assets, adding that one of them crashed in a field and another diverted from the specified flight path and lost an infrastructure facility that it was supposed to attack.
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