Russia has closed its three major airports, including arrival and departure following an alleged drone attack on Tuesday-- a similar claim made by Moscow on Friday. According to the Russian state news agency TASS, all incoming and outgoing flights were temporarily suspended from Moscow’s Vnukovo, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports in the early hours of Tuesday. However, it claimed that Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo reopened shortly.
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, taking to a social media site, said Russia’s air defence forces had shot down two strike drones approaching Moscow in the early hours of Tuesday. "One was downed near Krasnogorsk, a satellite city adjacent to the northwestern boundary of Moscow, the other - near the settlement of Chastsy west of Moscow," he said.
Russia blames Ukraine of drone attack
Meanwhile, the Russian Defence Ministry was quick to blame Ukraine for the latest drone attack. It claimed that the Kyiv government had sent four drones to attack targets on the territory of Russia on Tuesday.
"Two drones, which were detected by air defence facilities on duty and suppressed by electronic warfare systems, crashed over the territory of the Bryansk Region in west Russia. The other two were spotted and destroyed above the territory of the Moscow Region. No injuries occurred," the news agency quoted the news agency.
In a similar incident, the civil aviation authority on Friday said it temporarily closed all four major Moscow airports following an alleged drone strike on the capital city. The incident on Friday was the third time in the past month that this district of Moscow has been struck by drone debris, CNN reported.