Russia says intercepted Ukrainian drones, fragments found close to defense ministry

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Russia’s defense ministry said that its air-defense forces early on Monday thwarted a Ukraine drone attack on Moscow adding that two drones were intercepted and destroyed.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his Telegram messaging app that the drones hit two non-residential buildings in Moscow at around 4 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Monday.

“There was no serious damage or injuries,” Sobyanin said.

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Fragments of a drone were found in central Moscow, some 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away from the Defense Ministry’s main building, Russia’s state news agencies reported, citing emergency services.

A Reuters witness heard two loud explosions before the reports of the drone fragments were found.​​​​​​

Komsomolsky Avenue from the center of Moscow towards the outskirts of the city was closed, RIA news agency cited Moscow’s Department of Transport.

Russia’s FSB-linked Telegram channels reported that residents of several districts in Moscow’s southwest and south reported the sounds of explosions.

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