A Ukrainian drone attack today triggered a massive explosion at Moscow’s main exhibition center – just five kilometers from the Kremlin.
Russian officials claimed a UAV blew up after being deflected from another target by anti-aircraft missiles.
The drone struck and damaged Moscow’s Expocenter on the outskirts of the city’s skyscraper area previously attacked by Ukraine.
Footage showed a large explosion and lightning as the drone hit the low-rise building located near the Russian government’s main office building at the White House.
All of the city’s airports have been temporarily closed.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin claimed that anti-aircraft defenses “destroyed” the drone and that the falling debris caused “no significant damage” to the building.
But footage showed an explosion at the Expocentre, about a mile from the British Embassy in Moscow.
A local resident said: “We live in the opposite tower, on the 68th floor. We heard a bang and saw lightning.”
“At first we thought it hit the Federation Tower, but it turned out to be the Expocentre. We could see a column of smoke coming out of our windows.”
Another eyewitness said: “We were sitting on the embankment at the time – we didn’t see the drone itself, but we heard a very loud noise, then smoke billowed from the other side.”