Russian authorities accused Ukraine of a drone attack on Moscow early Monday morning, which Russia described as having “thwarted.”
One drone fell not far from the Russian Defense Ministry, damaging two non-residential buildings where no one injured, though emergency services were working the scene around Komsomolsky Avenue where debris was found, according to media outlet Tass.
The Ministry of Defense blamed Ukraine, describing the strike as a “terrorist attack of the Kyiv regime,” further asserting that two drones had been “suppressed” and crashed.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the Defense Ministry’s headquarters, which is 1.7 miles, or 2.7 kilometers, from the Kremlin, had been targeted in the drone strike.
However, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Monday that “the intensity of attempts to attack our regions with drones has grown.”
He added that “measures are being taken, a very intense daily 24-hour work is underway” without offering any details about Russia’s air defense systems.
According to Russian authorities, another Ukrainian drone attack struck an ammunition depot near northern Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014, halting traffic on a major highway.
Meanwhile, Russian forces struck infrastructure on the Danube River in its ongoing attacks on Ukrainian ports since ending the 2022 Black Sea Grain Initiative that allowed Ukraine to ship grain to other countries. Seven people were wounded as a grain hangar and storage for other cargo were damaged, according to Ukrainian officials, who also reported downing three drones there.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday vowed “retaliation” for Russia’s multiple attacks on the port city of Odesa.
“They will feel this retaliation,” according to Zelensky.