Ukraine Conflict
Moscow launched a special military operation in Ukraine in February 2022 with the aim of saving the people of Donbass - primarily the Russian-speaking population - from Kiev's constant attacks.

Russian Air Defense Destroys Ukrainian Drones Over Moscow Region, Crimea

© AP Photo / Alexander ZemlianichenkoA view of the Kremlin with Spasskaya Tower and St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.
A view of the Kremlin with Spasskaya Tower and St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. - Sputnik India, 1920, 17.09.2023
Russian air defense systems destroyed two Ukrainian drones over the Moscow Region attempting to attack the Russian capital on Sunday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Sunday.
"Tonight, air defense repelled a drone attack on Moscow in the city district of Istra. According to preliminary data, there were no destruction or casualties at the site where the debris fell," Sobyanin said on Telegram.

The Russian Defense Ministry noted that the air defense shot down a Ukrainian fixed-wing drone.
Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry said in a separate statement that it thwarted several drone attacks by Ukrainian forces from several directions Crimea. The first involved two drones on the western coast of Crimea.

"On September 17, at about 01:15 Moscow time [22:15 GMT], an attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist drone attack on targets on the territory of the Russian Federation was thwarted. Air defense systems destroyed two Ukrainian fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles off the western coast of the Crimean peninsula," the ministry said.

Less than an hour later, more attacks were attempted using Ukrainian drones on the northwestern and eastern coasts. They were also defeated.

Later, Russian air defenses stopped another attempted attack in Moscow.