Ukraine drone attack hits Moscow buildings; Russia issues warrant for Lindsey Graham: Live updates

 At least eight armed Ukrainian drones targeted the Moscow region early Tuesday, Russian authorities said, damaging several buildings and bringing the war home to Russia after 15 months of destruction across Ukraine's cities.

The Russian defense ministry said five drones were shot down and three others were electronically jammed, causing them to veer off course. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said a few buildings suffered minor damage in the "terrorist attack" but no deaths or injuries were reported.

“It is clear that we are talking about the response of the Kyiv regime to our very effective strikes on the center, one of the decision-making centers," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Ukrainian authorities did not immediately comment on the Russian claims. The strike came as Ukraine's capital of Kyiv came under multiple waves of blistering Russian attacks. Several other cities also were hit, and acting Ukrainian Internal Affairs Minister Ihor Klymenko said four people were killed and 34 hospitalized after overnight attacks across the country.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Patriot air defense system was struck during a Russian missile attack in Kyiv, but Ukraine denied the claim.

In this image taken from video, investigators inspect a building after a Ukraine drone damaged an apartment building in Moscow on May 30, 2023.


∙ Ukraine's Armed Forces estimated that more than 207,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded since the war began. Ukraine's estimates have generally been similar to Pentagon estimates. Ukraine does not make public its own losses.

∙ South Africa said it will provide diplomatic immunity to attendees of a BRICS summit − Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa − scheduled for August. Because of International Criminal Court charges related to war, South Africa would otherwise be obliged to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend.

Russia issues arrest warrant for Sen. Lindsey Graham

Russia’s Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant for Sen. Lindsey Graham following the South Carolina Republican's comments related to the fighting in Ukraine. In an edited video of his meeting Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Graham noted that “the Russians are dying” and described the U.S. military assistance to the country as “the best money we’ve ever spent.”

Graham was dismissive of the warrant on Twitter: "Good news: While I don’t expect to be tried by Russia anytime soon, I found the services of a great lawyer who works cheap. Sen. Blumenthal, my good friend from Connecticut who has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine, has offered to be my lawyer."

British official supports Ukraine's right to hit targets inside Russia

Ukraine has the right to "project force beyond its borders" to undermine Russia’s ability to project its own force into Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said Tuesday. Cleverly, speaking in Estonia, said hitting military targets beyond Ukraine's own borders should be considered part of a self-defense strategy. Britain has taken a harder stance with Ukraine against Russia than the U.S.

US does not support attacks inside Russia, State Department officials says

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said officials were gathering information on the Moscow drone attack, adding that as a general rule the U.S. does not support attacks inside Russia. The Biden administration remains focused on providing Ukraine with the equipment and training the country needs to retake territory occupied by Russia, the spokesperson said. The official noted that Tuesday's attack on Kyiv was the 17th round of airstrikes on Kyiv capital this month, many of which have devastated civilian areas

− Francesca Chambers

Chechen leader calls for martial law across Russia

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Tuesday called for martial law across Russia so the country can focus its resources on an effort to "sweep away this entire terrorist cell at once." Kadyrov described the drone attacks on Moscow as terrorism and dismissed the Ukraine military and political leaders as terrorists. He warned European countries to think about who they sponsor and to whom they provide weapons.

"Responses to such attempts to attack should not be harsh − they should be brutal," he said in a Telegram post. "We protect our citizens, and there is no need to show off and stand on ceremony. We will soon show ... what revenge is in the full sense of the word."

Video game marketer by day, ammo hunter by night

In her day job, Ukrainian-born Viktoriia Dorogova is an SEO specialist on the marketing team feverishly publicizing the highly anticipated NFL Rivals mobile game for Mythical East, a U.S.-based video game and metaverse company with employees from Ukraine. But in her spare time, typically late at night, Dorogova spends hours hunting for ammunition to supply her fellow Ukrainians battling Russian forces in her homeland.

What began as raising funds to buy ammo for her best friend who is among the thousands of men fighting in the 15-month-old war against Russia has now become Dorogova's passion. Dorogova calls her voluntarism an act of “pride and for love of country.” She has also held numerous fundraisers for Ukrainian brigades, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars from supporters. Read more here.

− Terry Collins

The Associated Press contributed to this blog.

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