Drone Strike On Moscow Shows Russia’s Vulnerability

Ukrainian intelligence claims that a drone strike on Moscow early Monday morning destroyed non-residential structures, proving that Russian President Vladimir Putin does not have control of the skies.

Andriy Yusov, the country’s military intelligence spokesman, warned that these strikes would persist and grow in magnitude.

According to a report,  Russia’s military minister accused Kyiv of planning to deploy two drones in a terrorist attack. No injuries were reported, and officials confirmed that the pilotless devices hit commercial buildings in Moscow. According to the government, a pair of Ukrainian drones were shot down.

According to Tass, Russia’s official news agency, one of the drones crashed on Komsomolsky Prospekt, not far from the military ministry. Ukraine has not formally commented on the recent incident and seldom claims responsibility for assaults within Russia.

After a Russian missile strike on the Black Sea port of Odesa early on Sunday morning, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that he would respond with force. It took two lives and damaged an Orthodox cathedral on the UNESCO World Heritage list.  Zelensky called the bombing of the structure a war crime.

A report shows that to prevent the next parliamentary elections in October, Zelensky recommended extending the state of emergency.

Beginning in February 2022, when Zelensky first declared martial law, it has been repeatedly extended. The most recent extension, good for another 90 days, was announced in May and will run out on August 18. The emergency declaration will be prolonged until November 15 if the parliament grants Zelensky’s latest request. 

Parliamentary elections are required by Ukrainian law to be held on or before October 29, with the 60-day campaign period beginning on August 28. Campaigning and voting are both prohibited when martial law is in effect. Presidential elections are slated for March 2024.

A report shows that in 2019, Zelensky received 73% of the vote while campaigning on a platform of peace. His new party, named after the TV program in which he portrayed the president of Ukraine, quickly gained a supermajority in parliament. In 2020, he abruptly changed his tune on the Donbas referendum and started advocating publicly for a military solution to the problem of “occupied territories.”