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Russian military blames Ukraine for foiled drone attack on Moscow

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Russia said Friday it had destroyed a Ukrainian drone over the western outskirts of Moscow, the latest in a growing number of aerial attacks on the capital.

“An attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack using an unmanned aerial vehicle on a facility in Moscow was thwarted,” the defence ministry said, adding there was no damage or casualties as a result of the incident.

Largely spared in the early part of the conflict, the capital has seen a surge in attacks in recent months.

“Drones are flying yet again above Moscow,” said Artemy Dulisov, a 21-year-old tech student who biked with a friend to see where the drone had fallen.

“They keep us in fear a bit.”

AFP journalists said police had cordoned off parts of a park in the Karamyshevskaya embankment in the west of Moscow, where debris landed.

The international airport of Vnukovo temporarily introduced restrictions, which were lifted within an hour, state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Friday’s attack was the latest in a series of Ukrainian drones targeting Moscow in the past week.

On Thursday, Russia said it downed two drones headed for Moscow, a day after two others were destroyed on approach.

At the start of this month, an office block in the capital’s main business district, Moscow City, was struck twice within days by debris from a downed drone strike.

Alexei Benedesyuk, a 54-year-old driver, was standing next to the cordoned-off area, a few hundred metres away from his house.

“It’s already happened: Moscow City, and the Kremlin… It will still happen and I think more than once,” he said.

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