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Russia Says Thwarted Ukrainian Drone Attack Near Moscow

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Updates with injuries, Simonyan comment. 

Russia said Monday it had thwarted two Ukrainian drone attacks in the Moscow region, with at least two people injured due to falling debris. 

"An attempt by Kyiv to carry out an attack with an aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicle was foiled" around 6:50 am local time, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The drone was "suppressed by means of electronic warfare" and crashed in the village of Pokrovskoye, located southwest of Moscow, it said, adding there were no casualties.

Another "attack by the Kyiv regime" at 8:16 am was thwarted in Istra, northwest of the Russian capital, the Defense Ministry said.

Authorities in the Moscow region said two people were injured in Istra after debris from the downed drone fell onto a house.

"A man was hospitalized, and a woman refused to be hospitalized. Likewise, windows in three homes were shattered. Emergency services are at the scene," Moscow region Governor Andrey Vorobyov said on the Telegram messaging app.

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of Russia’s state-run media group RT, said the debris from the drone downed in Istra “fell on a street neighboring ours.”

The RIA Novosti news agency said flights from two international airports, Vnukovo and Domodedovo, were temporarily disrupted and diverted elsewhere.

In recent weeks, four drone attacks over Moscow have been repelled, with two drones causing minor damage to high-rise buildings in the Moscow City business development.

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