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'Leaky' air defense: Night drone attack on Russia is Ukraine's intelligence special operation

'Leaky' air defense: Night drone attack on Russia is Ukraine's intelligence special operation Photo: Ukrainian intelligence involved in drone attack on Russia on November 26 (Getty Images)

The nighttime drone assault on Russia marked yet another successful special operation by Ukrainian intelligence officers, revealing vulnerabilities in Russia's air defense, according to RBС-Ukraine’s sources in special services.

The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense carried out this operation.

Sources indicate that the operation underscored vulnerabilities in Russian air defense. The ultimate consequences of the attack remain uncertain, but it is evident that not everything was successfully intercepted as Russia initially claimed.

Here's what is known about the attack

On the night of November 26, explosions were reported in the Moscow suburbs, Tula, and several other regions of the Russian Federation. Russia swiftly declared a drone attack, attributing it to the purported actions of their air defense.

The Russian Ministry of Defense asserts that their air defense forces successfully intercepted and destroyed 11 kamikaze drones across four regions. The governor of the Moscow region claimed interception of 5 drones, and in the Bryansk region, 4 were allegedly intercepted.

Notably, Tula experienced the most significant impact that night. The governor of the Tula region, Alexey Dyumin, stated that air defenses in Tula shot down two drones, but one crashed into an apartment on the 12th floor of a high-rise building.

It's worth mentioning that drones were also observed in Tula the following morning, with locals asserting that they were supposedly attacked.