Drones targeted 6 regions in biggest attack on Russian soil in 18 months, Russian officials say

Video grab shows an explosion lights up the sky as the Russian military repel a drone attack on an airport in the western city of Pskov on August 30, 2023.

Video seize reveals an explosion lights up the sky because the Russian army repel a drone assault on an airport within the western metropolis of Pskov on August 30, 2023.
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Russian officers accused Ukraine of concentrating on six Russian areas with drones early Wednesday in what seems to be the most important drone assault on Russian soil since Moscow despatched troops into Ukraine 18 months in the past.

Drones hit an airport within the western Pskov area and began an enormous hearth there, the native Governor and media reported. In response to the Protection Ministry, extra drones had been additionally shot down over the areas of Oryol, Bryansk, Ryazan, Kaluga and the Moscow area surrounding the Russian capital.

The strike in Pskov hit an airport within the area’s namesake capital and broken 4 Il-78 transport plane, Russia’s state information company Tass reported, citing emergency officers.

Pskov regional Governor Mikhail Vedernikov ordered all flights to and from the Pskov airport cancelled on Wednesday, citing the necessity to assess the harm throughout daylight.

Footage and pictures posted on social media in a single day confirmed smoke billowing over town of Pskov and a big blaze. Mr. Vedernikov mentioned there have been no casualties, and the hearth has been contained.

Pskov seemed to be the one area the place the drones precipitated harm. Three drones had been shot down over the Bryansk area, in line with the Russian army, and two over the Oryol area, its Governor Andrei Klychkov mentioned. One was downed over the Ryazan area, another over Kaluga, and another over the Moscow area, officers mentioned. No harm or casualties had been registered in these areas.