Russia has claimed that it has shot down and intercepted several Ukrainian drones over Moscow early Tuesday morning in what it has described as a “terrorist attack”.

Four of the drones were destroyed by air defenses, and the fifth was intercepted and went down, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. There were no victims or damage as a result of the “terrorist attack,” he said.

The fifth UAV was intercepted using electronic warfare and crashed in the Odintsovo district of the Moscow region. As a result, news agencies reported that several departing and arriving flights were disrupted at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport.

Flights from Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were diverted to other airports in the city.

“The Kyiv regime’s attempt to attack an area where civilian infrastructure is located, including the airport, which by the way also receives foreign flights, is yet another act of terrorism,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

“The international community should realize that the United States, Great Britain and France – permanent members of the UN Security Council – are financing a terrorist regime.”

There was no immediate comment from Kyiv. The claims come after Moscow blamed Ukraine for another drone attack on the capital in May.

The Russian Defense Ministry stated that eight drones took part in the “terrorist” action and all were shot down, three diverted due to “electronic warfare.”

Speaking on television, President Vladimir Putin claimed that the attack was directed against “civilian targets” and promised to improve air defenses.

Meanwhile, Russia has continued its missile and drone strikes in Ukraine. Three people have been confirmed dead, and 21 others injured after a drone strike in the northeastern city of Sumy damaged two apartment buildings on Monday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the attack also damaged the regional headquarters of the Security Service of Ukraine, the country’s main intelligence agency.

Zelenskyy urged the Western allies to increase the supply of air defense systems to repel Russian attacks.

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