In a clear sign that the war in Ukraine is approaching the heart of Russia, Moscow was attacked on Tuesday by eight drones, in what the Kremlin denounced a "terrorist attack", while Russian missiles made disasters in Kiev, for the third consecutive night.
Russia, in turn, launched an attack on Kiev early Tuesday that left at least one victim and seven wounded, in the 17th bombing since the beginning of May.
At least 20 Shahed explosive drones were destroyed by air defense forces in Kiev's airspace in the third Russian attack on the city in the past 24 hours, according to the first data offered by the military administration.
Before dawn, the drone hum could be heard over the city, followed by loud explosions as they were shot down by anti-aircraft systems.
In the overnight attacks on Kiev, one person was killed and seven others wounded, according to the municipal military administration. A tall building caught fire in Holosiiv district after being hit by the wreckage of downed drones.
The top two floors were destroyed and people may be under the rubble, according to the military government. More than 20 people were evacuated.
A building in Kiev was hit by Russian drones. Photo: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko.
Drones over Moscow
In a fact that adds seriously to the increasingly numerous attacks on Russian soil (incursions by militiamen, sabotage and a confusing attack on the Kremlin), eight drones attacked Moscow, leaving only slight material damage.
Residents of the Russian capital reported explosions and the Defense Ministry confirmed they had launched eight drones into the city in what it described as a "terrorist attack" by the "Kiev regime." According to the note, five of them were shot down and the other three were diverted after manipulating their systems.
In a Telegram post, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin explained that the attack caused "negligible damage" to several buildings and that two people received medical attention for unspecified injuries but did not have to be hospitalized. Residents of the two buildings damaged in the attack were evacuated.
, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin explained that the attack caused "negligible damage" to several buildings. Photo: Reuters
Ukrainian authorities initially did not comment on the Moscow attack, but later said they had nothing to do with the events.
However, in the face of repeated bombings with Russian missiles and drones on Ukrainian cities, such as Kiev and Lviv, the head of Ukrainian intelligence, Kyrolo Budanov, warned days ago that there would be a response to that escalation.
What drones were used
According to the BBC, there has been much speculation about the type of drones used in the attacks on Moscow.
There were eight drone strikes in the region, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
An explosion captured from a distance in the Moscow region on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
However, Russian media report between 19 and 32 attacks.
BBC Verify has been working to identify the drones used.
There was initial speculation that a Ukrainian-made UJ-22 drone had been used.
However, after reviewing the images, it became known that the UJ-22 was not used. These drones have a different wing design, wheel position and fuselage.
Attack on Kiev
Elsewhere in the Ukrainian capital, falling debris caused a fire in a private home in the Darnytskyi district and three cars went up in flames in Pechersky.
The offensive that began Sunday included a rare daytime attack Monday that left clouds of white smoke in the blue sky. Russian forces fired 11 ballistic and cruise missiles at Kiev around 11:30 a.m., according to Ukrainian Chief of Staff Valerii Zaluzhnyi. All were knocked down, he said.
Ukrainian emergency service works in Kiev after the drone attack launched by Russia. Photo Reuters.
The remains of the intercepted missiles fell in the central and northern districts of Kiev during the morning, landing in traffic on an avenue in the city and also causing a fire on the roof of a building. At least one civilian was injured.
The Russian Defense Ministry said it had launched a series of strikes on Ukrainian air bases early Monday with long-range precision missiles fired from the air. The strikes destroyed command posts, radars, aircraft and ammunition depots.
Clarín newsroom with information from the Associated Press and BBC News