Moscow office tower hit as drones target Russian capital


The Russian military said its anti-aircraft units thwarted a Ukrainian “terrorist attack” early on Tuesday and downed drones targeting Moscow, but one drone, sent out of control by its units, struck the same high-rise tower hit earlier in the week. There was no word on potential casualties. Follow our liveblog for all the latest developments on the war in Ukraine.

Russian strikes on Monday and Tuesday targeted residential buildings in Kharkiv and Kryvyi Rih and a hospital in Kherson, killing several people and injuring dozens. Russian missile and drone strikes are “a daily occurrence here in Ukraine”, says FRANCE 24’s Emmanuelle Chaze, reporting from Kramatorsk.

“This is why Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calls for long-range missiles, to try and undermine the backlines of the Russian army,” says Chaze.

Workers on Tuesday lowered a hammer and sickle from a gigantic sculptural figure that watches over Ukraine’s capital, as part of a campaign to remove Soviet symbols which has ramped up since Moscow invaded last year.

The 62-metre-high steel figure of a woman holding a shield with the hammer and sickle and a sword was opened in 1981 as a memorial to Soviet victory in World War II.