Russia reports downing Ukrainian kamikaze drones in two regions near Moscow

  • 13 June, 07:31

Russian troops destroyed four Ukrainian drones over two regions in the east and northeast of Moscow, the Russian Defence Ministry reported on Thursday. The drones were shot down over northeastern Yaroslavl region and Vladimir region in the east.

“During the past night, a number of attempts by the Kyiv regime to carry out terrorist attacks using aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicles against targets on the territory of the Russian Federation were stopped. Air defense systems on duty destroyed three UAVs over the territory of the Yaroslavl Region and one UAV over the Vladimir Region,” the ministry claimed.

According to Ukrainian Telegram channels, the drones were struck with the use of Russian fighter jets.  The governor of Yaroslavl region, Mikhail Yevrayev, said on Telegram app that there were no casualties and no damage from the falling drone debris. In another development, Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of Belgorod region, which is 600 kilometers from Vladimir, said on Telegram that a Ukrainian drone attack struck a car and injured two people on Thursday.

Belgorod region that borders Ukraine’s Kharkiv region is the most common target of Ukrainian drones. The past six months have seen increased Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian territory. These attacks have predominantly been focused on Russia’s energy infrastructure and oil plants, as Ukraine believes Western sanctions on Russia’s oil and gas industry have proven ineffective. Ukraine also says the long-range attacks on Russian territory are in response to the Kremlin's targeting Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and energy grids that have left millions of people without electricity and heating.

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