Ukraine war live updates: Drone attacks reported near Moscow; Russia warns F-16 jet donations will escalate war

Flights to Moscow’s four international airports — Vnukovo, Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Zhukovsky — were suspended on Monday to ensure civil safety, Russia’s Federal Agency for Air Transport (Rosaviatsiya) said on Telegram, according to a Google translation.

Forty-five passenger flights and two cargo flights were rerouted to alternative airports in Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and St. Petersburg as a result of the disruption. Restrictions were lifted by 8:30 a.m. local time, with all four airports resuming regular service by 9 a.m.

The agency did not disclose the reason for the disruption. Earlier on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a Google-translated Telegram post that it had repelled a “terrorist attack” attempted by the Kyiv regime with drones against the Moscow region. Damage and injuries have been reported in Istra and Kaluga.

CNBC could not independently verify developments on the ground.

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Russia’s ambassador to Denmark criticized Denmark and the Netherlands’ decisions, announced Sunday, that they would donate F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.

“The fact that Denmark has now decided to donate 19 F-16 aircraft to Ukraine leads to an escalation of the conflict,” Vladimir Barbin was cited in Russian press as saying.

“By hiding behind a premise that Ukraine itself must determine the conditions for peace, Denmark seeks with its actions and words to leave Ukraine with no other choice but to continue the military confrontation with Russia.”

Denmark is set to donate 19 jets in total, while the Netherlands has not yet specified the number of jets it will supply. It has 42 F-16s in total.

Denmark’s defense minister said a condition of the donation is that Ukraine can only use the jets over its own territory.

“We donate weapons under the condition that they are used to drive the enemy out of the territory of Ukraine. And no further than that,” the minister, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, said Monday.

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Two people were injured on Monday after debris from two drones intercepted by Russia’s air defense fell on a house in the Moscow region.

One of the victims — a man — was hospitalized, said Moscow governor Andrey Vorobyov in Google-translated comments on Telegram.

The house is in the town of Istra.

Russian authorities reported additional drone activity southwest of Moscow. Vladislav Shapsha, governor of the Kaluga region, said that despite adverse weather conditions, Russian forces repelled a drone attack locally. He reported no injuries or infrastructural damage in a Google-translated Telegram post.

CNBC could not independently confirm developments on the ground.

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