Russia and Ukraine trade drone attacks

Russia downed three drones en route to Moscow, says Mayor

Russian defenses shot down three aerial drones in the western regions of Moscow, Kaluga and Tver, authorities said on Tuesday morning. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is planning to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss the possibility of Pyongyang supplying Moscow with weapons. Follow our live blog for the latest updates on the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

Issued on:

2 min

05:00am: Russia downs three drones en route to Moscow, says mayor

Russia’s air defence systems destroyed three drones early Tuesday which were trying to reach Moscow, the Russian capital’s mayor said.

Sergei Sobyanin said there had been “no casualties”, according to initial information.

Air defence forces “destroyed drones which were trying to carry out an attack on Moscow”, he said on Telegram.

Russia’s defence ministry said one was flying over the Kaluga region, southwest of Moscow, while a second was destroyed northwest of the capital above the Moscow region’s Istrinsky district.

A third was also destroyed in the Tver region, northwest of Moscow.

“Air defence systems on duty destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle over the territory of Kaluga region,” the ministry said on Telegram.

03:58am: Russia says it downed Ukraine-launched drones targeting Moscow

Russia shot down Ukraine-launched drones targeting Moscow in Istra district of the capital region and the Kaluga region early on Tuesday, the defence ministry and Moscow’s mayor said.

The Russian defence ministry said that its air defence systems destroyed a Ukraine-launched drone around 3 a.m. (0000GMT) over the Kaluga region which borders with the Moscow region to its southwest.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on the Telegram messaging app that drones were downed over Kaluga region and closer to Moscow over the Istra district, and that they “were trying to carry out an attack on Moscow.”

Key developments from Monday, September 4:

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the deal that allowed Ukraine to export grain safely through the Black Sea won’t be restored until the West meets Moscow’s demands to facilitate Russian agricultural exports. Putin made the statement after talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Russian port city of Sochi. 

Read yesterday’s live blog to see how the day’s events unfolded.

© France Médias Monde graphic studio

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)