According to the country’s defense ministry, Russian soldiers shot down more than a dozen Ukrainian drones that were headed for Moscow and Sevastopol in the annexation-affected Crimean Peninsula.
The latest in a string of deep-into-Russian territory drone raids by Ukraine is the attack on Moscow on Thursday.
In a statement, the defense ministry said that two drones “flying in the direction of the city of Moscow were destroyed” and that 11 more drones were shot down close to Sevastopol.
According to the ministry, two of the Ukrainian drones were “hit by operational anti-aircraft defense equipment, while nine additional drones were suppressed through electronic warfare and crashed in the Black Sea before reaching the target.” Ukraine did not immediately respond with a statement.
The alleged drone raid on Thursday is said to have taken place a day after Russia claimed to have shot down two Ukrainian military drones that had been sent to attack Moscow, one near a significant airport to the south of the Russian capital and the other to the west of the city.
Since the first alleged drone strike against the Kremlin was stopped in early May, Ukrainian air attacks inside of Russia have risen.
Later in May, drone assaults targeted civilian areas of the city, while earlier this month, two drone attacks in three days targeted a business center in Moscow.
According to a May article in The New York Times, the initial drone strike on the Kremlin was likely carried out by Ukrainian spies or military intelligence.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, issued a warning last month that “war” was coming to Russia and that its “symbolic centers and military bases” would be targeted.
Throughout the conflict, Russia has also launched tens of thousands of long-range drone attacks on Ukraine, frequently hitting civilian locations distant from the combat lines.
According to regional governor Vitaliy Koval’s post on the messaging app Telegram, Russian drones destroyed a fuel store on Thursday in the western Rivne region of Ukraine. He claimed that no one was hurt in the attack.