RUSSIA has been hit by another wave of kamikaze drone strikes as a massive explosion rocked a skyscraper in the capital.
An explosion rocked the tenth to fifteenth floors of the new One Tower under construction, a major blow to Putin as the strikes continued for a sixth day.
The skyscraper was hit overnight by one of three military UAVs slated to attack Moscow – as the US warned Ukraine it would neither support nor facilitate its attacks inside Russia.
The latest attacks were reportedly the most violent in a war that will last 18 months tomorrow.
An attack on Tuesday forced the closure of all Russian airspace and arrivals and departures were reportedly suspended at the city’s three main airports.
And today Moscow’s four main airports experienced disruption as air traffic was grounded due to the drone strikes.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said: “Air defense forces shot down a drone in the Mozhaisky district of the Moscow region, while another UAV hit a building under construction in the city.”
Russia later claimed there were three drones in total, two of which were shot down and the third was allegedly blocked by electronic warfare weapons before hitting the skyscraper.
Damage to buildings was reported in Khimki, a suburb near the major Sheremetyevo International Airport.
“The city’s emergency services are surveying the area within the city limits for the impact of the strike,” the mayor said.
“Several windows were smashed in two adjacent five-story buildings. There were no injuries.”
The explosion in the downtown skyscraper district happened near the famous 75-story Mercury City Tower.
This district – known as Moscow City – has been repeatedly targeted by Ukrainians.
Rescue workers rushed to the scene of the accident, but there were no reports of injuries.
There were also reports of explosions in the Odintsovo suburb, believed to have been caused by Russian anti-aircraft forces targeting incoming kamikaze drones.
Local residents previously heard the sound of a flying drone.
Ukraine does not acknowledge responsibility for the attacks but is widely seen as a response to Vladimir Putin’s relentless bombing of Kiev and other major cities.
Today’s attacks came as Ukrainians celebrated their annual Flag Day.
Flights later resumed after disruptions at four Moscow airports – Vnukovo, Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Zhukovsky.
The UK said it did not encourage or facilitate Ukrainian attacks inside Russia.
However, a US State Department spokesman said it was up to Ukraine to decide how to defend itself against the Russian invasion, which began in February last year.
Russia could end the war at any time by withdrawing from Ukraine, it said.
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