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Russia claims drone hits multi-storey building in Tula, while part of Russian occupied Donetsk suffers power cut

26 November, 2023 Sunday

On November 26, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed the country came under intense drone attack and that it had downed 24 drones over 5 regions, with one hitting a residential high-rise building in the city of Tula. Russian occupation authorities also reported damage to the power system in Ukraine's Donetsk region, which they call the "Donetsk People's Republic"

The Russian Defense Ministry reported this on Telegram.

At about 3:45 a.m., it reported the operation of air defense systems and the downing of 9 UAVs over the territory of Moscow, Tula, Kaluga, and Bryansk regions. Later, at about 5:20 a.m., the ministry reported that another attack and the downing of 11 more drones over the same regions of the Russian Federation had occurred.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin also said that an attempt was made to launch a massive drone attack that night. According to him, drones flying to Moscow were shot down near Naro-Fominsk and in the Odintsovo urban district. 

After that, Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports in Moscow temporarily suspended the arrival and departure of aircraft, TASS Moscow reports. Two passenger airliners were in the waiting area of Vnukovo airport, and departures of three flights were delayed. One flight was delayed at Domodedovo.

At the same time, according to the Russian outlet ASTRA, one of the downed drones allegedly hit an apartment on the 12th floor of a multi-story building in Tula.

According to the governor of the Tula region, Alexey Dyumin, air defense systems shot down two drones.

"One of them, having lost control, crashed into an apartment building in Tula. There were no serious injuries, but the glazing of three apartments was damaged. One of the residents of the building sustained a light cut wound," the governor said.

Also, according to the Russian Telegram channel Mash, one person was injured there, he suffered a foot injury. Children who live on the lower storey have also asked for help, as they are frightened.

Emergency services are working at the scene. All residents were evacuated from the building.

Later, new explosions occurred in Tula, Russia, on the morning of November 26. The Russian media claimed that drones were allegedly flying over the city, so air defense was activated. Russia traditionally blamed Ukraine for the so-called attack.

Afterwards, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported shooting down four more drones over the territory of Bryansk, Smolensk, and Tula regions.

Ukraine's Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, hinted that the explosions, drone attacks, and air defense operations in Russian regions could be linked to the Army of Drones project and the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine, known under its Ukrainian acronym HUR.

"Good drones flew towards Russian cities and towns last night. Locals say that 'some kind of fuss' has begun. The drone army and the HUR also did not sleep last night, the reasons are unknown," Fedorov wrote on Telegram.

Power cut in "DPR"

In the morning, the Russian appointed head of the "DPR" Denys Pushylin accused Ukraine of trying to damage the region's power system at night. According to him, not all targets were shot down due to the massive scale of the strikes.

Damage is being recorded there, as a result of which part of the territory of the "DPR" faced power cuts. Some towns and districts of the so-called republic were left without power. Pushylin emphasized that as a result, a number of heating stations are not working.

"The situation is not easy, but by now power engineers have already restored power supply in a number of settlements, the work continues," wrote the "DPR" leader.

  • On the night of Sunday, November 26, occupying Russian troops attacked Ukraine with 9 attack drones, 8 of which Ukrainian air defense forces destroyed.

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