Russia ‘shoots down drone targeting helicopter plant’ as attacks surge

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Moscow has been forced to shoot down a drone flying towards a helicopter plant as Ukraine ramps up attacks on the Russian capital, according to local reports.

The city’s Mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, said on Monday Russian air defense forces downed a drone flying through Moscow’s Lyubertsy district.

It was downed in an area five kilometers from a helicopter plant that deals with the introduction of new models and modifications of Mi helicopters for mass production, RosMedia says.

The plant also supports the operation of civilian and military helicopters.

According to preliminary intel, there were no casualties or damage and emergency services are responding to the incident. Locals reported hearing a loud “boom” overnight.

It comes just hours after Kyiv claimed it struck five of Moscow’s fighter jets with a night-time drone strike on Russian territory.

A source from Ukraine’s SBU security service revealed that four successful strikes were carried out on four Russian Su-30 fighter jets and one MiG-29 at an airfield in Kursk.

The Russian Ministry of Defence also said two drones were destroyed over the Bryansk region.

Earlier on Sunday night, Moscow’s Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports were temporarily shut down.


Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said earlier this month that Moscow “is rapidly getting used to a full-fledged war”.

It came after the Russian Defense Ministry said it shot down two Ukrainian drones outside Moscow and had electronically jammed another.

The drone was reportedly sent crashing into the IQ-Quarter skyscraper that houses government offices like the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Digital Development and Communications, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.


According to Ukrainian Army Major Viktor Tregubov, drone strikes on the Russian capital are a “major sign” that Moscow is vulnerable.

He told Daily Express US: “It is a symbol that Moscow is not indestructible, that Moscow is not well protected.

“It is a major sign that…even administrative workers, even ministers themselves, they are not invincible and can experience the same fears all Ukrainians experience because of Russian actions.”

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