Jul 30, 2023 - World

Zelensky says war is "returning" to Russia after Moscow drone attack

President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in a ceremony conducted by Patriarch Bartholomew I, during a visit to the Patriarchal Church of St. George on July 08, 2023 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a visit to Istanbul, Turkey, earlier this month. Photo: Cemal Yurttas/dia images via Getty Images

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a warning to Russia's invading forces Sunday after the Kremlin accused Kyiv of overnight drone attacks on Moscow.

What they're saying: "Today is the 522nd day of the so-called 'special military operation,' which the Russian leadership expected to last for a week or two," Zelensky said in a televised address, according to a transcript.

  • "Ukraine is getting stronger," he added. "Gradually, the war is returning to the territory of Russia — to its symbolic centers and military bases, and this is an inevitable, natural and absolutely fair process."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Ukraine's Air Force said the drones were intended to impact Russians who felt Putin's invasion was distant, per the Kyiv Times.

  • "There's always something flying in Russia, as well as in Moscow," Yurii Ihnat added. "Now the war is affecting those who were not concerned."

Zoom in: Russian officials said there were no injuries in the early Sunday attacks, but two drones caused minor damage to office buildings. They said a third was shot down in the air.

  • Ukrainian officials have not claimed responsibility for the strikes.

Zoom out: Ukrainian officials said after the Kremlin accused Kyiv of launching drone strikes in Moscow and Crimea last week that they planned to use more drones as part of a major counteroffensive designed to oust Russian troops from their territory.

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