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Russia has blamed Ukraine for a drone attack on Moscow that it said caused minor damage to buildings and injured two people.

The defence ministry said Kyiv was behind the “terrorist attack”, but Ukraine denied the claim.

“Eight aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicles were involved in the attack. All enemy drones are hit,” said the ministry.

“Three of them were suppressed by electronic warfare, lost control and deviated from their intended targets.”

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It said some of the five drones shot down fell on buildings and caused “minor damage”.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said two people sustained minor injuries and that residents of tower blocks were evacuated.

People in south west Moscow reported loud bangs in the early hours, followed by the smell of petrol, and daylight video showed smoke rising.

Russian prosecutors said drones were shot down over the Odintsovsky district – where Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo state residence is located.

The district also includes the Rublyovka suburb and its elite gated communities, home to much of Russia’s political and business elite.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed the drones were aimed at civilian targets.

“Of course we are pleased to watch and predict an increase in the number of attacks,” said Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak.

“But of course we have nothing directly to do with this,”

The incident comes a few weeks after Russia blamed Ukraine and the US for a drone attack on the Kremlin – portrayed as an attempt on President Vladimir Putin’s life. Ukraine denied involvement.

Meanwhile, Russia’s recent wave of attacks on Kyiv continued overnight.

One person died and several were injured when a high-rise building in the Holosiiv district caught fire after being hit be debris, said the Kyiv Military Administration.

It said more people could be trapped under rubble because the top two floors had been destroyed.

Authorities said falling debris also started a house fire in the Darnytskyi district and that three cars were set alight in Pechersky district.

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Kyiv hit by barrage of Russian missiles

Twenty-nine of the 31 explosive drones fired into Ukraine – mostly targeting Kyiv – were shot down, said the air force.

The current wave of strikes started on Sunday and included a rare daylight attack on Monday, when Ukraine said it intercepted all 11 missiles fired at its capital.

Russia started using cheap Iranian-made ‘kamikaze’ drones to attack Ukraine last October.

Their wingspan is about 2.5m and they have explosives in their nose.

However, they travel slowly compared with a regular missile – only around 115mph (185kmh) – and Ukraine says it manages to shoot down most of them.

Kyiv has hundreds of its own attack drones after the US donated hundreds of portable Switchblade models.

The fiercest fighting in the Ukraine war in recent months has been in the eastern city of Bakhmut, which Russia claims to have now captured with the help of the Wagner mercenary force.

However, Ukraine is expected to soon launch a much-anticipated counter offensive to try to regain territory seized in the 15-month war.

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