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Russia says three Ukrainian drones downed above border regions

This picture taken on June 30, 2010 shows a Russian Buk-M2 air defense system displayed at a military show outside Moscow, Russia. (File photo by AP)

Russia says it has destroyed three Ukrainian drones over the border regions of Bryansk and Kaluga, foiling another attempted “terrorist attack” on the Russian territory.  

The Russian Defense Ministry made the announcement on Thursday, a day after three people were killed in a drone strike near the border region of Belgorod.

"At night, air defense forces foiled an attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out terrorist attacks with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Two of the UAVs were destroyed by air defense forces in the air above the Bryansk Region," the ministry said, adding that a separate drone was eliminated above the Kaluga Region.

The latest development came a day after Russia’s air defenses thwarted another attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist attack on Moscow, which involved three aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicles.

Also on Tuesday, Russia shot down two Ukrainian drones over the Moscow region with no casualties and brought down a further two drones over the Bryansk region that borders Ukraine.

In recent weeks, Ukraine has ramped up its attempts to target Moscow with drone strikes, which have been mostly unsuccessful. 

Ukraine, after a long delay, began its widely publicized counteroffensives in early June which have so far proved to be major failures, suffering the loss of thousands of its troops in the process. 

Observers link the increase in drone strikes to Kiev's failure on the battlefield despite receiving all-out material and political support from the West.

The observers also reckon that Kiev aimed to make up for what it could not deliver against the Russian troops on the battlefield by staging negligible drone attacks on the Russian capital city.

Russia launched its special military operations in Donbas in February 2022 to stop NATO's eastward expansion.

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