Ukrainian drone strikes target Russian airports for the second time this week

A soldier watches the runway as a Tu-95 bomber takes off on night patrol from Engels-2 Air Base on August 7, 2008 in Engels, Russia
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  • All four Russian airports suspended operations on Monday after Ukrainian drones were shot down overhead.
  • Ukrainian drones have disrupted the airport area in recent weeks.
  • And on Friday, airports in the region were also closed because another drone was found in Russian airspace.

Ukrainian drones on Monday caused chaos at Moscow airports for the second time in a week, grounding flights and delaying operations for hours until Russia’s missile defense system took effect.

And the Russian state information agency said, today, Monday, TASS Midday flights were delayed at Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo and Zhukovsky airports as well as more than 50 flights diverted earlier in the day.

TASS reported that the Russian Defense Ministry said that two drone attacks were repelled in the area – one landed in the Ruza area after being suppressed with electronic warfare equipment; The other was shot down over the Istra region.

A strike was dropped on Monday near the home of one of Russia’s most prolific publicists – Margarita Simonyan, head of the Russian state television network RT, The telegraph mentioned. The outlet reported that Simonyan said the debris fell hundreds of meters from her home.

Insider reported that a similar incident occurred on Friday when a Ukrainian drone was intercepted in the area, causing the closure of all four major domestic and international airports.

Friday’s incident was the third time that a drone strike targeted the wreckage of the Moscow region, where civilian airports are located. CNN mentioned.

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As part of its summer counteroffensive backed primarily by Western allies, including the United States, the Ukrainian military has been turning more and more to drone strikes within Russia’s borders, including sensitive Russian targets around the Black Sea.

Earlier this month, Ukrainian drone boats badly damaged the Russian warship Olenegorsky Gornyak. A day later, naval drones hit a critical link in the supply chain used to move fuel and military equipment between Russia and Syria.

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