Russian authorities in late November claimed that Ukraine attempted to attack Moscow with dozens of drones one day after Ukrainian officials reported Russian drone attacks on Kyiv, the Associated Press reported.
In a series of updates on Telegram, the Russian Defense Ministry and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin claimed that Russian air defenses shot down at least 24 drones over the Moscow region and four other regions south and west of Moscow.
Moscow region governor Andrei Vorbyev said on Telegram that the drones damaged three buildings but nobody was injured.
Meanwhile, one of the drones crashed into a 12-story apartment building in the western city of Tula, about 113 miles south of Moscow, causing only limited damage and slightly injuring one resident, according to Aleksei Dyumin, the local governor.
The Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports in Moscow were briefly closed down due to the overnight drone attacks, according to the Tass state-run news agency. Both airports were back to normal operations by 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 26.
Russian Telegram channels were speculating that Ukraine had deployed a never-before-seen type of drone in last Sunday’s attacks, citing certain similarities between those drones and the Iranian-made drones Moscow has been using against Ukraine.
Officials in Kyiv did not immediately comment on the November 26 drone strikes which were launched just one day after Russia targeted Kyiv with 75 Iranian-made Shahed drones. At least five Ukrainian civilians were wounded in what was the most intense drone attack on the capital since the war began.
According to the commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, 74 of the drones deployed in the Kyiv attack were downed.
Several buildings, including a kindergarten, were damaged by debris from the downed drones. Among the injured was an 11-year-old, according to Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.
Since May 2023, Moscow has come under regular drone attacks which Kremlin officials have blamed on Ukraine.