Russian authorities installed a Patsir-S1 air defense system in the village of Yascherovo in the Novgorod region, six kilometers from the residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the city of Valdai, local media reported today.
The photo of the anti-aircraft installation, presumably taken by a resident of Valdái, a city located between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, was published by the Agenstvo media, to which several residents of Yascherovo and nearby towns confirmed the information.
One of those interviewed by the newspaper pointed out that the system is operational, the radar antenna rotates constantly and the installation is attended by at least three soldiers.
Agenstvo found that in Yascherovo there is no critical infrastructure or strategic objectives, as well as important companies or large military units.
In recent days, Russia has also strengthened its anti-aircraft defense in the capital, more than 700 kilometers from Ukraine, where the Russian Army has been carrying out a military campaign for almost a year.
Last week Russian media published several photos and videos showing Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and artillery systems on the roofs of the Russian Defense Ministry and another building in Moscow that went viral on social media.
The “Moscow Calling” channel published several videos and photographs of an office building in the capital in which a crane can be seen placing something on the roof and several military trucks next to the machinery.
Hours later, he released another video and a photograph, presumably of the same building where what he described as “Pantsir-S1 in combat service” already appears on the roof.
Photographs of S-400 anti-aircraft defense systems also appeared on the same network next to the Losini Ostrov (Moose Island) nature reserve, east of the Russian capital, and on the grounds of the Timiriaziev Agricultural Academy, north of Moscow. , according to the Agencia Nóvosti channel.
The Sirena Telegram channel also reported the location of an anti-aircraft defense system, presumably also Pantsir-S1, in the town of Zarechye in the Odintsovo district, west of Moscow, about ten kilometers from Novo-Ogariovo, the main residence from Putin.
Both the Kremlin and the Ministry of Defense and the Moscow Mayor’s Office were silent on the matter.
However, the military entity reported on Saturday that it carried out anti-aircraft defense exercises in the Moscow region with the participation of S-300 systems.
According to the Ministry of Defense, more than 150 soldiers and “more than 30 combat machines and special equipment” participated in these maneuvers.
This story was originally published on January 23, 2023 6:17 am.
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