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Kremlin Calls For Drills Focused On “Repelling Air Attacks” On Moscow

Pantsir-S1 Air Defense System

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Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday, announced the completion of an anti-air exercise that was carried out near Moscow, saying, “In the Moscow region, a training session was held with the personnel of the anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Western Military District on repelling air attacks on important military-industrial and administrative facilities.” The announcement and exercises came just days after numerous reports that Russia had installed Pantsir-S1 air defense systems on several key buildings in Moscow.

Many have taken the placement of the defense systems as an indication from the Kremlin that it is expecting future attacks on its soil by Ukraine.

The drill focused on the operation of an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. According to the statement, “As they marched, soldiers repelled an attack by a mock enemy sabotage group on a military convoy.”

The Defense Ministry added that “Under the cover of a smoke screen, the air defense convoy was able to get out of the attack and continue fulfilling its tasks.”

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While Moscow has not had any aerial strikes as of yet, Ukraine has launched several successful drone attacks on Russian soil in recent months, including multiple strikes on Engels air base, which lies 600km inside Russian territory.

The exercises included 150 soldiers and came as Russian forces have made recent gains in the east and south of Ukraine. Regardless of Russian advances, the Kremlin appears to be taking measures to protect Moscow from possible counter-attacks as Kyiv continues to receive additional support from NATO and the West.

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