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An unmanned aircraft has hit the roof of the central railway station in the Russian city of Kursk, shattering several windows and causing a small fire, the regional governor said on Sunday morning.
“A Ukrainian drone attack in Kursk. According to preliminary information, it crashed into the roof of the railway station, after which a fire broke out. Five people received minor injuries from glass fragments,” Roman Starovoyt wrote at 3:54am local time.
In a later post, Starovoyt said the explosion damaged the station roof, the facade, and one of the platforms. The blast wave also damaged the waiting room and an underpass, he added.
Out of five people injured in the drone strike, three were taken to hospital and discharged soon afterwards, while two others refused medical assistance, the governor wrote.
According to Starovoyt, there were some 50 people at the station when the drone struck. They were swiftly evacuated from the area.
Two platforms are currently operating at the station, and repairs on one are underway, he added.
Russia: Drone strike on the roof of a train station in Kursk. pic.twitter.com/X73Me8T2Rc— Igor Sushko (@igorsushko) August 20, 2023
Drone strike reported in Kursk,Mordor. Building of the railroad terminal appears to be hit and on fire. The purpose of such small mosquitoes is not to destroy the target, it is simply part of psychological warfare. Let the people of Mordor feel that the Ukrainians care about them pic.twitter.com/h7pgmXgHKC— Стефан Баторій Fella ꑭ✙ (@st_batory) August 20, 2023
According to several unverified videos shared by Telegram news channels, the explosion apparently caused minor damage to the roof and facade of the building. Eyewitnesses also reportedly heard the sounds of a drone engine in the area ahead of the blast.
🇺🇦 DRONE STRIKES KURSK 🇷🇺— Jason Jay Smart (@officejjsmart) August 20, 2023
According to preliminary information, the UAV attacked the roof of the 🇷🇺 railway station, after which a fire broke out on the roof. 🔥
Russia 🇷🇺: What goes around, comes around. pic.twitter.com/xj13dZdqFs
Around the time of the attack, two of Moscow’s international airports, Vnukovo and Domodedovo, briefly suspended all flights. Mayor Sergey Sobyanin later said that the Russian military successfully thwarted an attempted drone attack from the southern direction.
Last month, a drone crashed and exploded early in the Kursk region city of Kurchatov, an industrial hub adjacent to the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant.
The Russian border regions of Kursk, Bryansk and Belgorod have been frequently shelled by artillery and attacked by drones since Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine in February 2022. Russian officials have accused Kiev of plotting acts of sabotage targeting the country’s major infrastructure sites, including nuclear power plants.