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Unknown drones attacked Moscow and facilities in Crimea: what's happening

Unknown drones attacked Moscow and facilities in Crimea: what's happening The explosions are reported in Moscow and Crimea (Photo: Russian media)

On the night of July 24th, unidentified drones attacked Moscow. In the morning, explosions were reported in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, targeting military objects.

Explosions in Moscow

Moscow's Mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, reported the attack. According to him, two drones targeted non-residential buildings. One hit a business center, while the other fell near the Russian Ministry of Defense building.

"At approximately four o'clock in the morning, drone strikes on two non-residential buildings were recorded. There were no serious damages or casualties," he wrote on Telegram.
As usual, the Russian Ministry of Defense accused Ukraine of the attack, claiming that they allegedly intercepted two Ukrainian drones.
"Using electronic warfare means two Ukrainian UAVs crashed," stated the Russian Ministry of Defense.
According to Russian media reports, fragments of the first drone were found near a building at 17 Komsomolsky Prospect, next to the Russian Ministry of Defense and the GRU's headquarters.

The investigator from Bellingcat, Christo Grozev, points out that the drone fragments fell near the Military University and several secret facilities of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, including the "GRU Cyber Attack Headquarters."

The second drone hit a business center under construction on Likhachev Avenue, resulting in broken windows on the 17th and 18th floors covering an area of 50 square meters. The building houses a Leroy Merlin store.
Emergency services responded to the incidents, and the movement along Komsomolsky Prospekt and Likhachev Avenue was blocked, as announced by the city authorities.
Later, Russian emergency services reported about another UAV.

"A drone of a helicopter type without an explosive device crashed in the Zelenograd District of Moscow, on the territory of the central cemetery. No one was injured," the statement read.

Yurii Ihnat, the Spokesperson of the Air Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, commented on the "drone attack" on Moscow during a telethon and denied Ukraine's involvement in the explosions in the Russian capital.

"Unfortunately, we do not have the means to detect at such a long distance. Our radio-technical forces can detect targets inside the country and beyond its borders for 100 kilometers or more. What is happening in Moscow is more of an intelligence matter," he said.
The sources in the particular services reported that the "drone attack" on Moscow was a special operation by the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine (GRU). Additionally, they hinted that "all the birds have reached Moscow."

Explosions in Crimea

This morning, explosions were reported in Crimea, occupied by Russian forces.
The head of the Crimean occupation administration, Sergey Aksyonov, informed about the impact on an ammunition depot in the Dzhankoy district. According to him, the peninsula was attacked by 11 drones.
Aksyonov also stated that the movement on the railway in the Dzhankoy district and the Dzhankoy-Simferopol highway had been suspended.
Furthermore, a decision was made to evacuate residents from neighboring villages within a five-kilometer radius from the site of the attack in the Dzhankoy district to temporary accommodation centers.
Later, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that 17 drones attacked the occupied Crimea.
The Russian defense department accused Ukraine of the drone attack, claiming to have prevented "Kyiv's attempt to carry out a terrorist act."
The Russians boasted that they allegedly "forced 14 Ukrainian UAVs to land using electronic warfare means" and that 3 others "crashed on the territory of Crimea."
According to the spokesperson for the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yurii Ihnat, Russian forces in Crimea use radio-electronic warfare systems to bring down drones.
"It's unnecessary to shoot down a drone with anti-aircraft missiles or guns. Electronic warfare means you can simply force it to land, sit, or intercept it. Russia has powerful stations that interfere with the operation of our Defense Forces because the drones we use, including quadcopters, are bothersome to the occupiers. Therefore, they have sufficient electronic warfare systems," he explained.

Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine's reaction to the explosions in Moscow and Crimea

According to the representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR), Andrii Yusov, the fact that "cotton" is happening in Moscow within the square where key security and defense institutions of the aggressor state are located indicates that even such objects and the airspace above them are no longer under Putin's regime control.

He also pointed out that GUR simultaneously observes a lot of "cotton" in various corners of the temporarily occupied territories.

"This is a process that will continue and gain momentum until the invaders leave Ukrainian territories and justice is restored within the framework of international law," Yusov stated during a telethon.