Moscow hit by sixth night of drone attacks with building struck

A building in Moscow has been struck by a drone in yet another attack on the Russian capital. 

The drone hit a building under construction and two others were shot down by air defences as Vladimir Putin’s capital came under siege for the sixth night in a row.

Loud explosions could be heard ringing out after the drone ploughed into the building, as flames and smoke then poured out.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in numbers after the blast rocked the city.

Russia’s defence ministry said it had brought down three drones in the Mozhaisk and Khimki districts.

Moscow’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin also confirmed the attack early on Wednesday via his Telegram channel.

Officials described it as ‘another attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack’.

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The drone reportedly lost control and collided with the building after it was intercepted, says the Russian military.

Mr Sobyanin added that several windows were smashed in two five-storey buildings opposite and emergency services were inspecting the area.

Pictures and videos from the scene show that the building suffered significant damage.

Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the latest strike, however it rarely comments on who is behind attacks inside Russian territory.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously said that attacks on Russian territory are an ‘inevitable, natural and absolutely fair process’.

No casualties have been reported.

Flights were suspended to and from several major airports in Moscow on Wednesday morning following the attack, but have now resumed.

A barrage of aerial attacks have been raining down on Moscow for almost an entire week.

Russia also shot down two Ukrainian drones over the Moscow region with no casualties and brought down a further two drones over the Bryansk region that borders Ukraine, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

Despite not commenting on attacks, Ukraine appears to have stepped up such raids since two drones were destroyed over the Kremlin in early May.

The attacks have briefly disrupted flights and caused mostly minor damage to buildings.

After Wednesday’s drone strike, the USA said it does not encourage or enable attacks inside Russia.

A US State Department spokesperson said it is up to Ukraine to decide how it chooses to defend itself from the Russian invasion that began in February last year, adding that Russia could end the war any time by withdrawing from Ukraine.

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