Russia reports attempted drone attack from ‘Kiev Regime’ in Moscow, no casualty

The Russian Defence Ministry said a drone, which was aiming to hit Moscow, was shot down on Friday.

A night view of Moscow city. Photo Courtesy: Pixabay

After the drone was shot down by the Russian air defences, it fell near Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment, located in Presnensky District of Moscow.

No casualty was reported after the incident.

"At around 4:00 a.m. Moscow time, the Kiev Regime attempted to carry out another terror attack with the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle, which targeted facilities in Moscow and the Moscow Region," the ministry was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.

"After being hit by the air defences, the drone changed its flight path and fell on a non-residential building near Moscow’s Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment," it said. "[The incident caused] no damage or fire," the Ministry said.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin reported earlier on Friday that a drone had been shot down while flying towards the Russian capital.

Its fragments fell on the premises of the Expocenter exhibition complex in downtown Moscow, causing no significant damage to the building.

Emergency services told TASS that a section of the building’s outer wall had collapsed at an area of around 30 square meters.

Meanwhile, the US has approved sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine from Denmark and the Netherlands as soon as pilot training is completed, media reports said.

According to reports, the information was given by US State Secretary Antony Blinken in a letter.

“I am writing to express the United States’ full support for both the transfer of F-16 fighter aircraft to Ukraine and for the training of Ukrainian pilots by qualified F-16 instructors,” Blinken said in the letter as quoted by Reuters.

Meanwhile, arms and ammunition transfers to Ukraine have increased rapidly in recent months, alongside concerning reports of deliveries of banned cluster munitions, the UN’s top disarmament official told the Security Council on Thursday.

“The influx of weapons and ammunition into any armed conflict can contribute to the escalation and presents significant risks of diversion and proliferation even after the conflict has ended,” Izumi Nakamitsu, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the Council, briefing on the latest developments in the context of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Information through open sources on governments’ recent arms transfers to Kyiv include such heavy weaponry as battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, combat aircrafts, helicopters, large-calibre artillery systems, missile systems and uncrewed combat aerial vehicles.

Also included in the stockpile are remotely operated munitions, small arms and light weapons, and their ammunition, she said.

Since her June briefing, she said reports show that some nations are transferring or planning to transfer weapons, including uncrewed combat aerial vehicles and ammunition, to Russian armed forces for use in Ukraine.