Ukrainian drone damages Moscow building, disrupting air traffic, Russia reports

Security and emergency personnel initiated investigations after Russian air defenses downed a Ukrainian drone, leading to its collision with a structure in central Moscow on Friday (August 18), subsequently causing disruptions in air traffic across all civilian airports within the Russian capital, as confirmed by Russian officials.

Photographs from Reuters depicted workers and emergency responders scrutinizing the damaged roof of a non-residential building struck by the drone.

Reuters says an eyewitness present in the vicinity recounted hearing “a powerful explosion.”

The Russian Defense Ministry and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin affirmed that no casualties ensued from the incident.

Air defenses successfully neutralized the drone, which then plummeted onto a non-residential establishment within Moscow’s Expocentre complex during the early hours of Friday.

The Expocentre encompasses an extensive expanse of exhibition pavilions and versatile halls, located within a radius of fewer than 5 kilometers from the Kremlin.

So far, there has been no immediate response from Kyiv.