Russia calls second drone strike on Moscow skyscraper “terrorist attack”

Russia says Ukraine launched three drones toward Moscow on Tuesday, in what the country’s Ministry of Defense has labeled a “terrorist attack.”

“On the night of 1 August, an attempt by the Kiev regime to launch a terrorist attack by unmanned aerial vehicles against facilities in Moscow… was foiled,” the ministry statement said.

According to the ministry, the three drones were brought down.

“Two Ukrainian UAVs were destroyed in the air by air defence facilities over the territory of Odintsovo and Narofominsk districts of Moscow region,” it said.

A third drone was intercepted and lost control before crashing into a complex of non-residential buildings in Moscow City, the statement added. It hit the very same building that was struck in Ukrainian drone strikes on Sunday.

Some background: The Moscow City area is mostly a financial district of the city but the building that was hit – for the second night in a row – houses some government offices.

Among the offices at the building are the delegations of the Ministry of Economy, the Scientific and Technical Library of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Digital Development, their subordinate structures and a local body of the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart).

Employees at the Ministry of Digital Development have been working remotely since the first drone attack on Sunday, Russian state media reported.

What Ukraine is saying: Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the drone strikes on Moscow are a sign the Russian capital is becoming “used to a full-fledged war.”

“Moscow is rapidly getting used to a full-fledged war, which, in turn, will soon finally move to the territory of the authors of the war to collect all their debts,” Podolyak said in a post on Twitter Tuesday.

“More unidentified drones, more collapse, more civil conflicts, more war,” he added.

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