The Kremlin is preparing to defend the capital and with the air defense
Russia has deployed Pantsir-S1 missile systems on top of several key buildings in the center of the capital Moscow. The residence of President Vladimir Putin was also surrounded by military equipment.
According to analysts, the Kremlin is preparing for a potential, albeit unlikely, attack into the heart of Russia from Kyiv.
Pictures in Telegram show that a Pantsir missile system was installed on the roof of an eight-story building of the Russian Ministry of Defense near the Moscow River. Military equipment was also placed on the roof of an educational building in Moscow’s Taganka district – 4 km southeast of the Kremlin, according to footage published on the Russian social network.
“Pantsir-S1” has a short to medium range of about 30 km. It is used for
defense against aircraft and helicopters. It neutralizes also cruise missiles
The Russian army explained that similar equipment is suitable for dealing with smaller targets such as military and commercial drones, which have become increasingly used on the battlefield since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24.
The Russian military did not immediately confirm the installation of the missile systems. In recent weeks, however, several Russian media have reported the deployment of long-range S-400 air defense systems in Moscow, which are often used in conjunction with the Pantsir-S1.
Sources close to the Kremlin have commented that the appearance of the missile systems in Moscow is a sign that the Russian military leadership is concerned about the safety of its own cities. “This means that the management is perfectly aware of all the risks and understands that
the strikes against Moscow and the regions it’s only a matter of time,”
writes the Russian journalist Alexander Kots. And he commented: “It’s good to start planning ahead instead of waiting to be hit first.”
Pictures of the missile systems in Moscow emerged a day before Western defense officials are due to meet at Ramstein air base in Germany to agree a new package of military aid to Kyiv, which could include the provision of heavy tanks.
The US has already pledged nearly $2 billion in additional military aid, including the Patriot wide-range air defense system. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also used the moment to pressure the German government to send him tanks.
Russian officials even before the start of the meeting tried to dissuade NATO countries from providing more advanced weapons, warning that this could potentially trigger a nuclear conflict. “The defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war could provoke the start of a nuclear war,” wrote former president Dmitry Medvedev, who now serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council.