Russia announces shooting down of Ukrainian drones in four regions

Russia announces shooting down of Ukrainian drones in four regions

Russia said on Sunday that it shot down Ukrainian drones over four regions, including Moscow, as well as two Ukrainian missiles heading toward Russia in the Sea of ​​Azov.

The Russian government says drone strikes hit border regions and areas near Moscow, a day after Kiev reported what it called the largest drone strike against Ukraine since Moscow launched its offensive in February last year. did.

“Air defense forces destroyed four Ukrainian drones over the territory of the Bryansk, Smolensk and Tula regions,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Earlier on Sunday, Russia also reported that several drones had been shot down over the Moscow region.

The Russian military also announced that it shot down two Ukrainian missiles heading towards Russia in the Azov Sea between the two countries.

“Russian air defense forces detected and destroyed two Ukrainian missiles over the waters of the Sea of ​​Azov,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Ukraine announced on Sunday that its air defense forces had shot down eight of nine drones over the country.

Ukraine announced on Saturday that Moscow had launched 75 drones into the country, mainly targeting Kiev.

The attack took place as Kiev marks the Holodomor, a Stalin-era famine that killed millions in Ukraine.

Ukraine has been attacking Russian territory with drones for months, annexed Crimea, and launched a counteroffensive this summer to push back Russian forces.

Sunday’s attack on Russia also comes as Ukraine marks 10 years since the pro-EU revolution on Maidan, which also pitted neighboring countries at odds.

Shortly after Ukrainians overthrew the Moscow-backed government in 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and supported separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia continues to view the Maidan revolution as unjust, and when it launched a full-scale offensive last February, it aimed to establish a separate government in Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday: “Ten years ago in Kiev there was a coup d’etat with the use of force and the legitimate authorities were overthrown.”


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