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Drone Attacks Damage Skyscraper in Moscow for the Second Time in 48 Hours

On Tuesday, a drone attacked a skyscraper in the business district of Moscow known as Moscow City, causing damage to the building's facade. This marks the second drone attack on the building in about 48 hours. Russian officials accuse Ukraine of the assault, yet Ukrainian authorities have neither confirmed nor denied their involvement.

The aftermath:

The attacked building, IQ-Quarter, houses several government agencies and is situated approximately 4.5 miles from the Kremlin. Tuesday's drone crash resulted in damage but no casualties. The drone reportedly struck the 21st floor, a level housing the Ministry of Economic Development. Images from the site reveal several missing glass panels and the building's charred interior. The mayor reported that roughly 1,600 square feet of the glass facade sustained damage.

Concerns raised:

The repetition of attacks on the same building, even after supposed jamming attempts by the Russian military, raised questions among Kremlin's supporters. Margarita Simonyan, chief editor of the state-funded TV channel RT, called for an explanation in a social media post.

Furthermore, Ukrainian forces reportedly attempted to attack two Russian warships in the Black Sea using maritime drones. The Russian military claims to have destroyed all three drones targeting the patrol vessels.

Broader context:

These drone strikes occur against the backdrop of heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Monday witnessed a fatal Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih, President Zelensky's hometown in central Ukraine, resulting in seven deaths and numerous injuries.

Experts note that Russia's vast land and sea border with Ukraine – over 1,400 miles long – may not be entirely covered by defense radar, leaving openings for drone incursions. Advanced defense systems near Moscow are typically optimized for high-speed and high-altitude objects, not for slow-moving, low-flying drones.

Further attacks:

Separately on Tuesday, Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, was attacked with Iranian-made Shahed drones, according to Kharkiv Governor Oleh Syniehubov. One drone struck a building at an educational institution, and three more targeted a sports complex in the city. There were no reported fatalities, but one security guard was injured.

The city of Kherson also came under fire, with Russian forces shelling a medical facility, resulting in the death of a doctor and the injury of a nurse.

In total, Ukraine's presidential office reported that at least 12 civilians had been killed, with 104 others injured, in the previous 24 hours as of Tuesday morning.

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Unknown member
Aug 02, 2023

If I didn't think radically increased attacks inside of Russia would cause problems with the allies, I have gotten militant enough that it wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit if Ukraine blew Russia right off the map.

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