Huge explosion rips through Moscow skyscraper as kamikaze drone onslaught rocks Russia for sixth day in a row | The Sun

RUSSIA was hit by another wave of kamikaze drone attacks as a massive explosion ripped through a skyscraper in the capital.

A blast rocked the tenth to 15th floors of the new One Tower, under construction, in a huge blow for Putin as strikes continued for a sixth day.

The high-rise was hit by one of three military UAVs to target Moscow overnight – as the US warned Ukraine it did not support or facilitate its strikes inside Russia. 

The recent hits have been the most intense attacks of a war which will mark 18 months tomorrow, said reports.

An attack on Tuesday forced the closure of all Russian airspace with the city's three biggest airports reportedly suspending arrivals and departures.

There was disruption at Moscow’s four main airports as flights were suspended during the drone incursions. 

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Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin said: "Air defences downed a drone in the Mozhaisky district of Moscow region, while another unmanned aerial vehicle hit a building under construction in the City.”

Later Russia claimed there were a total of three drones, two of which were shot down with the third allegedly jammed by electronic warfare weaponry before hitting the skyscraper. 

Damage was reported to buildings in Khimki, a suburb close to the major international airport Sheremetyevo. 

“City emergency services are inspecting the area within the City perimeter for the effects of the strike,” said the mayor. 

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“Several windows were smashed in two adjacent five-story buildings. There were no casualties.”

The blast in the downtown skyscraper district was close to the iconic 75-floor Mercury City Tower.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but there were no reports of casualties. 

This district, known as Moscow City, has been repeatedly targeted- earlier this month footage showed the aftermath of an overnight hit on the IQ Building.

There were also reports of explosions in the suburb Odintsovo, believed to be caused by Russian air defences targeting incoming kamikaze drones.

Residents earlier heard the sound of a flying drone. 

Today's attacks came as Ukrainians marked their annual Flag Day. 

Flights later resumed after disruption at four Moscow airports – Vnukovo, Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Zhukovsky. 

The UK said that it did not encourage or enable Ukrainian attacks inside Russia.

But a US State Department spokesman said it was up to Ukraine to decide how it chooses to defend itself from the Russian invasion that began in February last year.

Russia could end the war any time by withdrawing from Ukraine, it said. 

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The strike comes as last week one of Putin's prized warplanes was damaged after a kamikaze drone strike deep inside Russian territory.

The attack, at the military airport in the Novgorod region more than 700 miles from Ukraine, witnessed a "helicopter-style" drone.

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