MOSCOW – A high-rise building in Moscow’s business district that houses three Russian government ministries was struck by a drone for the second time in three days on Tuesday, in what Russia called an attempted Ukrainian “terrorist attack”.
A Ukrainian presidential adviser said Moscow should expect more drone attacks and “more war”.
The building that was hit is known as the “IQ quarter”, which houses the ministry of economic development, the digital ministry and the ministry of industry and trade. Video obtained by Reuters showed a section of its glass facade, high above the ground, had been destroyed by the impact.
“At the moment, experts are assessing the damage and the state of the infrastructure for the safety of people in the building. This will take some time,” Ms Darya Levchenko, an adviser to the economy minister, said on Telegram. She said staff were working by video-conference.
Moscow has come under repeated drone attacks since early May, when two drones were fired at the roof of a building in the Kremlin complex.
While the incidents have not caused casualties or major damage, they have provoked widespread unease and sit awkwardly with the Kremlin’s narrative that Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine is proceeding according to plan.
“Indeed, a threat exists, it is obvious, but measures are being taken,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, declining to comment further.
Ukraine has drawn satisfaction from the attacks, though without directly claiming responsibility for them.
“Moscow is rapidly getting used to a full-fledged war,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.
He said Russia should expect “more unidentified drones, more collapse, more civil conflicts, more war”.
‘No one is safe’
Moscow residents Reuters spoke to near the site of the attack gave differing views on the risks they felt they faced.
“In this situation, any place can be hit, so it is quite hard to feel 100 per cent safe,” said Mr Alexander Gusev, 67.
“No one is safe in this situation because we don’t know what will hit us and where.”
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/drone-hits-tower-housing-russian-ministries-for-second-time-in-three-days Drone hits tower housing Russian ministries for second time in three days