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Large-scale drone attack on Russia was organized by Ukrainian Intelligence, ISW

Large-scale drone attack on Russia was organized by Ukrainian Intelligence, ISW The Intelligence of Ukraine was behind a large-scale drone attack on Russia (Photo:

The Intelligence of Ukraine allegedly conducted a significant drone strike on Russian soil. Meanwhile, Russian occupation officials have accused Ukrainian troops of attacking the partially occupied Donetsk region, resulting in widespread power outages, according to The Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

The Russian Defense Ministry stated that Russian air defense systems destroyed 24 Ukrainian drones over various regions including Moscow, Tula, Kaluga, Bryansk, and Smolensk during November 25-26 night and morning of November 26.

According to Alexei Dyumin, the governor of Tula region, one drone was brought down by Russian air defense and crashed into a residential building in Tula. The Ukrainian media outlet Suspilne reported, based on unnamed sources, that Ukrainian drones carried out an undisclosed operation in Russia during the night, allegedly ordered by Ukrainian Intelligence.

Russian sources, including the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) leader Denis Pushilin, claimed that Ukrainian troops targeted power substations in the occupied Donetsk region with artillery and HIMARS, causing widespread outages in many towns and cities, including Donetsk, Mariupol, and Mangush.

What is known about the attack

As a reminder, on November 26, explosions were heard in various regions of the Russian Federation, including Moscow and Tula. The Russian officials promptly announced a drone attack and the purported activation of air defense systems.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, air defense forces destroyed eleven kamikaze drones in four different regions. The governor of the Moscow region reported that five drones were intercepted, with four more allegedly in the Bryansk region.

Meanwhile, Tula experienced the most drone activity that night. The governor of the Tula region, Alexei Dyumin, stated that two drones were shot down by air defense systems, with one crashing into a high-rise apartment on the 12th floor.

Additionally, locals claimed that drones were also flying in Tula in the morning, with reports of alleged shoot-downs.