Vladimir Putin: 'Moscow drone attack will provoke a response'

Vladimir Putin has responded to Tuesday's drone attacks on Moscow, accusing Ukraine of trying to frighten Russians.

The Russian president said the drones were aimed at "civilian targets" adding the country's air defences would be boosted.

Speaking on Russian TV, Mr Putin said the attack was in response to a recent Russian attack on Ukraine's military intelligence base.

"In response to this, the Kyiv regime chose a different path - the path of attempts to intimidate Russia, to intimidate Russia's citizens, and of air strikes against residential buildings," he said.

"This is obviously a sign of terrorist activity. They are provoking us into responding in kind."

Russia's defence ministry said eight drones were involved in the attacks which caused minor damage to several buildings.

"Three of them were suppressed by electronic warfare, lost control and deviated from their intended targets," it said in a statement.

Baza, a Telegram channel with links to the security services, claimed 25 drones were involved.

There were no reports of deaths but Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said two people were injured, one of whom was hospitalised.

The residents of several parts of two apartment blocks were evacuated but returned later.

A damaged multi-storey apartment block in Moscow

A statement from the ministry reads: "This morning, the Kyiv regime launched a terrorist attack with unmanned aerial vehicles on objects in the city of Moscow.

"Eight aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicles were involved in the attack. All enemy drones are hit."

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