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Ukrainian drones ‘shot down’ during attack on Russia, Kremlin claims

Multiple Ukrainian drones were shot down following attempted attacks across Russia overnight, the Kremlin has claimed.

In the Moscow region, one drone was downed over the town of Ramenskoye, southeast of the Russian capital, according to Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

Videos on social media also showed a large explosion in Rostov-on-Don, which is home to Russia’s Southern Military Command.

While unconfirmed, local media reported that three explosions took place in the city leaving one person injured.

The city has been used as one of Russia’s main headquarters to conduct its invasion of Ukraine and was captured by Yevgeny Prigozhin during his failed military coup in June.

Two drones were also downed over Bryansk, a western Russian city, debris of which shattered windows in a railway station building and damaged cars nearby, the Interfax news agency reported.

Several other drones also struck a residential building in Enerhodar, a city in the Russian-controlled part of Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region, Russian-appointed governor Yevgeny Balitsky said, adding that there were no casualties.

On Wednesday, up to 17 people were killed following a Russian missile on a market in the Ukrainian town of Kostiantynivka.

President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the attack and warned the death toll could increase in the following days.

He said on the Telegram messaging app that a market, shops and a pharmacy had been hit in the town in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, near the front line.

“This Russian evil must be defeated as soon as possible,” Mr Zelensky added.

This comes as the US has announced it will send depleted uranium anti-tank shells to be used to arm Abrams tanks which will be delivered to the state in autumn.

The move - part of a new military aid package worth up to $175million (£140m) - follows Britain’s decision to send the controversial armour-piercing rounds to Kyiv in March, alongside Challenger 2 tanks.