Another drone attack targeted Moscow early Tuesday morning, the second such incident of the week and the fourth since last Monday, as Ukrainian operations inside Russia are increasing.
The Russian Defense Ministry said it downed two drones and that a third drone crashed into a Moscow skyscraper after being disabled by electronic warfare capabilities. No casualties were reported in the attack.
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said the building that was damaged was targeted in a previous attack. “Air Defense Forces shot down several drones en-route to Moscow. One of them hit the same skyscraper in the [Moscow] City as previously. The facade at the level of the 21st floor of the building sustained damages,” he wrote on Telegram, according to Russia’s TASS news agency.
After the attack, Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukrainian President Zelensky, wrote on Twitter that the Russian capital city “is rapidly getting used to a full-fledged war, which, in turn, will soon finally move to the territory of the ‘authors of the war’ to collect all their debts.’
Earlier in the week, after the Moscow drone attack on Sunday, Zelensky said the war is “gradually returning to Russia’s territory, to its symbolic centers and military bases.” Yurii Ihnat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, said the purpose of the drone attacks on Moscow is to impact those who feel the war is distant.
The comments break from Ukraine’s previously ambiguous policy of not commenting on or denying involvement in attacks inside Russia. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Russia had intensified its strikes on Ukraine in response, and civilians have been reported killed in some Russian bombardments.
Moscow has accused the West of assisting Ukraine with the operations inside Russia. The US insists that it does not encourage Ukrainian attacks inside Russia but also has not condemned the drone attacks, which have been targeting civilian areas.