Russia’s Defence Ministry reported the interception of 11 Ukrainian drones in proximity to Crimea. Notably, two more drones were on route to Moscow when they were taken down.
The Ministry, in an official statement shared on Telegram, confirmed the destruction of two drones approaching Moscow. Additionally, near Sevastopol on the Crimean coast, two drones were shot down. In a significant feat of electronic warfare, another nine drones were jammed, leading to their crash into the Black Sea.
Despite these drone activities, the affected regions have not recorded any damage or casualties. This recent interception follows an incident from the previous day when two Ukrainian combat drones targeting Moscow were shot down. The capital city has witnessed at least four such drone-related incidents in the past week.
Historically, during the ongoing conflict which ignited over a year ago between Russia and Ukraine, Moscow had remained untouched. However, the recent spate of drone attacks indicates a shift in this trend.
The Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia, has experienced several interruptions due to drone strikes since the inception of hostilities. The frequency of these attacks seems to be on the rise lately. Notably, just last Saturday, a drone was downed near Sevastopol, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet.
In a notable strike in July, Ukrainian drones targeted Crimea, resulting in the explosion of an ammunition depot and causing damage to the bridge over the Kerch Strait. This bridge serves as a vital link between the peninsula and Russia’s mainland.
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, cautioned Russia last month, hinting at intensified strikes on symbolic centers and military bases in the country.