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Russia says it intercepted 2 Ukrainian drones approaching Moscow

In this photo taken from video and released on Aug. 9, 2023, smoke rises from the Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plant in the city of Sergiev Posad, Moscow Region, (Administration of Sergiev Posad municipal district of Moscow region telegram channel via AP)
In this photo taken from video and released on Aug. 9, 2023, smoke rises from the Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plant in the city of Sergiev Posad, Moscow Region, (Administration of Sergiev Posad municipal district of Moscow region telegram channel via AP)

Russian air defenses shot down two drones aimed at Moscow overnight, officials say, describing the unmanned aerial vehicles as Ukraine’s latest attempt to strike the city in an alleged campaign to unnerve Muscovites and take the war to Russia.

The drones were intercepted on their approach to Russia’s capital and there were no casualties, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin says. The Russian Defense Ministry describes it as a “terrorist attack.”

One of the drones came down in the Domodedovo district south of Moscow and the other fell near the Minsk highway, west of the city, according to Sobyanin. Domodedovo airport is one of Moscow’s busiest.

It was not clear where the drones were launched from, and Ukrainian officials made no immediate comment. Ukraine usually neither confirms nor denies such attacks.

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