Rare Drone Attack Hits St. Petersburg Russia, State Media Claims

MOSCOW (AP) – A drone crashed into an apartment building in St. Petersburg Saturday morning, according to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.

Six people received medical help after the explosion rocked the building, the agency said, citing the press service of the city’s health care committee.

The Mash news site said that the apartment building was hit by a Ukrainian drone. The Associated Press could not verify this claim.

An investigator works at the side of the damaged apartment's building after a reported drone attack in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, March 2, 2024. Russian authorities said Saturday morning that an "emergency" damaged an apartment building in St. Petersburg. State news agency Tass said that the damage was caused by an "explosion," while local news and social media said that a drone had hit the building. There were no casualties, St. Petersburg Gov. Alexander Beglov wrote on Telegram. (AP Photo)

An investigator works at the side of the damaged apartment’s building after a reported drone attack in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, March 2, 2024. Russian authorities said Saturday morning that an “emergency” damaged an apartment building in St. Petersburg. State news agency Tass said that the damage was caused by an “explosion,” while local news and social media said that a drone had hit the building. There were no casualties, St. Petersburg Gov. Alexander Beglov wrote on Telegram. (AP Photo)

The site published videos appearing to show the moment the apartment building was struck, showing a strong flash of light engulfing one side of the building and fragments of debris flying into the air. Another video showed car alarms going off.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has not commented on the incident.

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