1 injured in late-night drone attack on Moscow, airport temporarily closed to traffic

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1 injured in late-night drone attack on Moscow, airport temporarily closed to traffic

1 injured in late-night drone attack on Moscow, airport temporarily closed to traffic

Three Ukrainian drones attacked Moscow early Sunday, injuring one person and temporarily closing one of four airports around the Russian capital to traffic, Russian officials said.

It was the fourth such attack attempt on the capital region this month and the third this week, fueling concerns about Moscow's vulnerability to attacks as Russia's war in Ukraine drags into the 18th month.

1 injured in late-night drone attack on Moscow, airport temporarily closed to traffic

The Russian Defense Ministry called the incident an "attempted terrorist attack by the Kyiv government" and said three drones had targeted the city. One was shot down by air defense systems in the area around Moscow and two were jammed. They both collided in the capital's Moscow City business district.

Photos taken from the crash site show the facade of a skyscraper collapsed on one floor. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the attack caused "minor damage" to the exteriors of two buildings in the Moscow City district. Russia's state-run news agency Tass reported, citing emergency officials, that a security guard was injured.

According to Tas, no flights departed from Vinkovo ​​Airport on the city's southern outskirts for about an hour, and airspace in Moscow and its suburbs was temporarily closed to no aircraft. These restrictions have since been lifted.

Moscow authorities have also closed a road to traffic near the crash site in the Moscow City area.

There was no immediate comment from Ukrainian officials, who rarely claim responsibility for attacks on Russian soil.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported on Friday that a Ukrainian drone had been shot down outside Moscow. Two more drones hit the Russian capital on Monday, one of them landing on the banks of the Moscow River, about 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the Kremlin near the defense ministry headquarters in the center of the city. Another drone struck an office building in southern Moscow, causing several upper floors to collapse.

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