TWO Moscow airports have been closed over a reported “drone threat” – hours after a supersonic nuclear bomber was damaged in an attack on an airbase.
The state news agency TASS announced that the Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports in the Russian capital were temporarily closed to all air traffic.
At the same time, five people were reportedly injured in a drone attack on the Kursk railway station in western Russia this morning.
Social media footage showed a large explosion over the station’s roof and shattered glass inside as police responded to the emergency.
In Moscow, all planes at the two airports were grounded and both airports were also unable to accept flights.
Instead, the planes were reportedly diverted to Sheremetyevo – more than 80 kilometers away.
Fears of an attack surfaced after one of Vladimir Putin’s prized warplanes was damaged in a kamikaze drone strike deep in Russian territory on Saturday.
The attack on the military airport in the Novgorod region, more than 700 miles from Ukraine, was allegedly carried out using a “helicopter-style” drone.
According to reports, planes that survived the attack were transferred to an airfield in the Murmansk region.
The Russian Defense Ministry stated: “The Kiev regime carried out a terrorist attack using a helicopter-type UAV at a military airfield in the Novgorod region.”
“As a result of the terrorist attack on the premises of the airfield, a fire broke out in the aircraft parking lot, which was immediately extinguished by the fire brigade.
“One plane was damaged but there were no casualties from the terrorist attack.”
The damaged warplane was believed to be a Tu-22M3 swing-wing nuclear bomber – the same type used in the destruction of Mariupol in Ukraine.
Russian officials claimed another drone strike in the Moscow region was “foiled” as early as Saturday.
A statement said the “aircraft UAV” was stopped by electronic jamming devices, lost control and crashed near the village of Putilkovo in Krasnogorsk District.
Footage showed flames and a column of black smoke rising from Moscow’s Expo Center after the attack.
Ukraine is suspected of being behind a spate of drone strikes on military and government sites in Russia that are deeply embarrassing for Putin’s regime.
Meanwhile, Russia continued its brutal bombing of civilians in Ukraine.
A horror rocket attack on Chernihiv on Saturday killed seven people and injured more than 100 – including children.
Stunning footage showed a family walking downtown and narrowly avoiding being obliterated by a flaming missile.