Flight chaos in Russia as all Moscow airports are closed amid attack by Ukrainian drones, with attack near the home of Putin’s top propagandist
- Alleged Ukrainian attack forces Moscow airports to temporarily close
- kyiv does not usually comment on attacks that have occurred inside Russia.
Moscow’s airports have been thrown into chaos with all inbound and outbound fighting delayed following an alleged kamikaze drone attack from Ukraine.
All airports in the Russian capital were temporarily closed on Monday after the Russian Defense Ministry claimed a kyiv drone was shot down over the capital.
Explosions were heard in the sky over the city as Kremlin air defenses attacked the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was supposedly targeting Moscow.
A drone approached the sprawling mansion of pro-Putin propagandist Margarita Simonyan, 43, head of the state media empire RT and a pro-war fanatic.
Video footage captured across the city appeared to show a trail of air defense missiles and a drone exploding as gray smoke shrouded the surrounding air.
A Shot Media video highlighted the explosion of a drone when it was hit in an air defense strike over Moscow on Monday.
A drone approached the sprawling mansion of pro-Putin propagandist Margarita Simonyan, 43, head of the state media empire RT and a pro-war fanatic. She is photographed with Putin.
“The drone that was shot down in the Istra district landed on the street next to us,” propagandist Simonyan said.
“Thanks to our air defenses there were no casualties,” he said.
A Shot Media video evidently highlighted the explosion of a drone when it was hit in an air defense attack.
The Russian Defense Ministry said an airplane-style drone was shot down from the sky at 8:16 a.m. over the Istra district in the Moscow region.
Ukraine, which normally does not comment on attacks inside Russian territory, did not immediately comment on the alleged attempted drone attack.
Earlier, a drone was shot down by electronic warfare means, making an emergency landing on a street near the village of Pokrovskoye, in the Ruzsky district of the Moscow region.
There was no independent verification of the Russian claims that there was no damage.
Hundreds of flights were diverted or delayed from Moscow’s four main airports – Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Zhukovsky – due to the closure of airspace around the capital under the so-called “carpet regime”, an emergency plan to incoming drones.
An explosion is shown over Moscow on Monday as airports were thrown into chaos amid the alleged Ukrainian attack.
Video footage captured across the city appeared to show a trail of air defense missiles and a drone exploding as gray smoke shrouded the air around it.
Images and video footage appeared to show a trail of air defense missiles after the alleged Ukrainian attack.
At least four planes bound for Domodedovo were diverted to Kazan, some 500 miles to the east.
A pilot told the passengers: ‘All airports in Moscow are closed.’
Russian media quoted a Domodedovo airport spokesman as saying flights were restricted “to ensure additional flight safety measures.”
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin posted: “Air defense forces shot down a drone while it was trying to fly to Moscow. No damage or casualties.
Airports were closed for two hours during the attacks. Normal operations resumed afterwards.
Moscow’s airports have been thrown into chaos and all inbound and outbound fighting has been delayed as Russian air defense missiles (smoke trail pictured) rushed in to intercept the attack.
Russian media quoted a Domodedovo airport spokesman (pictured) as saying flights were restricted “to ensure additional flight safety measures.”
Airports, including Vnukovo in Moscow, were closed for two hours during the attacks. Normal operations resumed afterwards.
Trains were also thrown into chaos around Moscow’s Kyivsky station after an apparent sabotage attack on signaling equipment and points at Solnechnay.
“Trains in both directions are significantly behind schedule,” said one report.
It comes as the Netherlands and Denmark indicated they would provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets with the stipulation that certain conditions were met.
The additional supply of aircraft would be a long-awaited addition to Ukraine’s defense forces and capabilities.