Photos of the characteristic air defense system have been published on social media.
According to the Russian news agency Sirena, which published the video and still images, in several places in or near Moscow, including the Odintsovo district, about six miles from President Vladimir Putin’s residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, on the outskirts of the capital. , more air defense systems were installed.
Ruslan Leviev, a Russian military analyst with the Conflict Intelligence Team, an independent group that analyzes open source intelligence, said the S-400 air defense system would be installed in the recently cleared Losinj Island Park outside Moscow. Reported. Leviev spoke on his YouTube channel, Popular Politics, related to imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Asked on Friday whether the Kremlin feared an airstrike on Moscow, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov questioned the Russian Defense Ministry. Therefore, it would be better to inquire with the Ministry of Defense about all the measures being taken,” Peskov said.
The Russian defense ministry did not respond to many inquiries from Western media and did not respond to emailed inquiries on Friday.The range of the Pantiri-S1 defense system covers much of central Moscow, including the Kremlin.
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Weapon deployments have come under criticism from Russian analysts for gaps in Russia’s air defenses after Ukraine carried out at least four attacks last month on a military airfield deep inside Russia. Bomber. Another attack hit the Diaghirevo air base near Ryazan, about 114 miles southeast of Moscow.
“They seem to draw their conclusions from the fact that Ukrainian drones flew to bases far behind, such as the Diaghirevo and Engels bases,” Lebiev said. “Obviously because of this fear, and in general because of the fear of Vladimir Putin’s missile attacks, they decided to strengthen Moscow’s defenses in this way … theoretically it will also reach Moscow .”
The December offensive demonstrated Kyiv’s ability to strike deep into Russian territory as Ukraine continues to struggle to regain territory lost to Moscow’s all-out invasion.
The airstrikes in Russia followed a string of other Ukrainian surprise attacks that humiliated Moscow, including bombing the Crimea-Russia bridge, attacking Crimea’s Saki airbase, and sinking the warship Moskva, Russia’s flagship in the Black Sea. continued. Navy.
Russia is beefing up the defenses of its capital as President Putin prepares the Russian people for a long and difficult war with Ukraine and a long confrontation with NATO.
Putin is shifting the Russian economy to a wartime regime, demanding that corporations contribute to the war effort, increasingly militarizing Russian society, increasing frontline casualties, and a second possibility. Amidst the swirling rumors, they are stepping up their propaganda campaigns to strengthen their support for the war. Unpopular mass mobilization.
Since the invasion began, Putin has quashed political opposition, and Russia has quashed resistance to war by banning protests, restricting free speech, and imprisoning critics.
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On Tuesday, Putin ordered an increase in Russia’s military strength by more than 350,000 men, bringing the total to 1.5 million. to reach that goal.
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The sight of air defense missiles in central Moscow is another sign of the normalization of war in Russian life.
As the aggression drags on, officials, including Putin, are increasingly calling it the “war” NATO is waging against Russia, determined to tear it apart and devour it without evidence. Characterizing it as an existential battle for survival against the greedy West, the Russian nation.
After the attacks on two Russian air bases in early December, Russian military historian Yuri Knutov, director of the Museum of Air Defense, told state television that Russia had a hole in its air defense system when it sent much of its military equipment to Ukraine. said to have opened. .
“Gaps have formed in our air defense system. American satellites can see these gaps very well. .
Prominent Russian pre-war military blogger Alexander Kots, journalist for the pro-Kremlin tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, said on his Telegram channel that the installation of an air defense system in the capital was a positive sign. Wrote, Russian officials “understand that an attack on Moscow and the region is only a matter of time.”
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Reviev said the newly installed air defense system is a last resort if missiles and drones evade Russian air defenses and reach Moscow. Without war, such a system would be located far from Moscow, he added.
As Western officials considered sending heavy tanks to Ukraine, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, warned on Thursday that Russia and other nuclear powers could not lose the war. He threatened that Western efforts to aid Kyiv could trigger a nuclear war. war. This was the latest of many nuclear threats issued by Russian officials.
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