The mayor of the Russian capital city Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, on Tuesday confirmed media reports about the drone attack in the city, on the backdrop of the Kremlin’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine.
Initial reports said the drone crashed into one residential building. However, Sobyanin's official Telegram channel confirmed "several buildings" had been damaged.
Sobyanin claimed the damage was "insignificant" and "no one was seriously injured”, before urging citizens to believe only official sources.
This morning, the Russian agency TASS reported an explosion occurred in the early morning in a multi-storey residential building on Atlasov Street in Moscow due to the drone collision.
The Russian state agency RIA Novosti cited the emergency situation service as saying the second unmanned aerial vehicle crashed into the upper floors of the house on Union street, with its facades destroyed and windows broken.
The sound of explosions was also heard in the Moscow region. Governor Andrei Vorobyov said the air defense system had shot down several drones as they approached Moscow and called on the population to be calm.
The press office of the President of Russia on May 3 announced that the "Kyiv regime" attempted to attack the Kremlin with drones, and that the military and special services took out two drones "in time" and no one was injured in the fall of the drones and the scattering of debris.
Moscow claimed it was a planned "terrorist act and an attack on the president”, and the Russian Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case under the article of terrorist act.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy rejected the allegations by saying that Ukrainians were fighting on their own territory, adding Putin would be handed over to the international tribunal for his crimes committed against the Ukrainian people.