Drone debris in Smolensk region, Russia. Photo/t.me/anohin67
MOSCOW – Early Friday (2/6/2023) morning, several Ukrainian drones were shot down by Russian air defense systems near the Russian city of Kursk.
“Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have targeted several energy facilities in Russia’s Smolensk region,” Acting Governor Vasily Anokhin wrote on his Telegram channel on Friday.
He added, “In the early hours of Friday, two long-range drones attacked the facilities of the fuel and energy complex located in the villages of Peresna and Divasy in the Pochinkovsky and Smolensky districts, respectively.”
Anokhin noted that no one was injured and the facility was not badly damaged by the attack.
According to him, emergency services are already in place. In early May, the authorities of the Smolensk region, which is about 360 kilometers southwest of Moscow, imposed a ban on drone flights in the region.
In a separate development Friday, Governor of the Kursk Region Roman Starovoyt said on Telegram, “Tonight near (Russian city) Kursk, air defense systems shot down several Ukrainian drones.”
He urged residents to remain calm as the town is under “reliable protection” from the Russian military.
This comes after a similar development occurred in Moscow on Tuesday, when eight drones were intercepted by Russian air defenses, in an incident that officials said did not cause significant damage or injuries.
It was noted at the time that the attack was likely linked to a Russian strike on a decision-making center in Kiev, amid Russia’s ongoing special military operation in Ukraine.