Moscow announces the interception of two Ukrainian missiles in the southwest

Moscow announces the interception of two Ukrainian missiles in the southwest

Russia announced Friday that it shot down two Ukrainian missiles over the southwest of its territory, noting that the shrapnel of the first missile injured 15 people when it fell in a city near the border with Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry said via Telegram, "The Kiev regime launched a terrorist attack on residential facilities in Taganrog, using an S-200 air defense missile."

It added, "The Russian air defenses detected the Ukrainian missile and intercepted it during its flight," explaining that its fragments "fell in the land of Taganrog."

Vasily Golubev, governor of the Rostov region, where the aforementioned city of 250,000 is located, said at least 15 people were wounded near a cafe.

The Russian army later announced that it had dropped a second missile near Azov, 40 km east of Taganrog, without causing any casualties.

Taganrog is located fifty kilometers from the Ukrainian border, on the road leading to the port of Mariupol, which was occupied by Russian forces after a devastating siege in 2022.

Several cities in southern Russia have witnessed bloody incidents since the start of the conflict in Ukraine in February 2022.

In October, 15 people were killed when a military plane crashed in the city of Yeisk, located in the same region.

Ukrainian bombing regularly targets areas bordering Ukraine in the far northwest of Russia, especially Belgorod.

Likewise, Russia has repeatedly announced the destruction of Ukrainian marches, the latest of which was Friday in the Moscow region.