According to the Defense Ministry, Russian air defense systems have hit ten enemy targets over the Kursk Region on Friday morning, but one of the incoming drones managed to crash into an electrical substation and cause a local blackout.
The governor of the region, Roman Starovoy, said the strike was caused by a Ukrainian drone dropping two explosive devices on the substation. He said the transformer caught fire and the blackout affected five settlements and one hospital, but no one was hurt.
The governor urged people to stay calm, saying that firefighters had been sent to fight the fire and power would be back on as soon as it was safe. The Russian military said it had intercepted ten drones over Kursk and another in Kaluga, which they said was another attempt by the Kyiv regime to launch a terror attack using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, drones have been used to target Russia’s border regions, as well as key infrastructure sites like nuclear power plants.