Startling images shown on Russian TV: Is Putin scared?

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.08 - 2023 8:08 AM CET

Startling images shown on Russian TV.

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Russian authorities have erected an air defense system near President Vladimir Putin's residence, Novo-Ogarjovo, located west of Moscow.

The move is seen as a countermeasure against potential drone attacks from Ukraine.

Putin, who is 70 years old, has been spending a considerable amount of time at Novo-Ogarjovo.

However, Dmitry Peskov, the President's spokesperson, revealed that Putin has partially relocated to the Kremlin since the full-scale war erupted in February 2022.

A recent broadcast on the Russian TV channel Rossija-1 discussed Moscow's response to the new challenge of drone attacks from Ukraine.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin explained how air defense systems are being set up throughout the Russian capital. Independent media outlet Radio Svoboda confirmed that one of these locations is in close proximity to Putin's residence.

The air defense system installed is of the Pantsir-S1 type. Initially, a mobile air defense unit was deployed, but now a permanent facility has been constructed.

Online news outlet "Reportjor" highlighted that drones could potentially carry not just explosives but also nerve gas, posing a new kind of threat.

Earlier this year, Russia claimed that Ukraine had attempted an assassination on Putin by sending attack drones towards the Kremlin.

Ukraine has denied these allegations. According to a statement from the presidential administration, two drones aimed at the Kremlin were neutralized by military and security services using radar systems.

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