Russian missile attack on power plant in Kyiv

Ukraine threatens retaliatory strikes against targets in Russia.


(Photo: dpa)

Sedan the Ukraine has threatened air strikes on major Russian cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg if they do so Russia it must not stop attacks on civilian infrastructure such as the power supply. That’s what Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhail Podoljak said in a YouTube interview.

Literally, Podoliak declared: “Ukraine does not attack Russia. Still, the war is escalating inside Russia. to be inevitable Cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, pampered and lazy cities that thought they lived in another reality are also exposed”.

If Russia does not stop its airstrikes against power lines, thermal power plants, water treatment plants and other civilian objects, corresponding counterattacks will be “inevitable.” In the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, air alerts were triggered three times on Wednesday due to reported Russian strikes.

The Ukrainian secret service SBU underlined the seriousness of the threats: “We reached the Engels airfield on the Volga, we can also reach Moscow there,” an SBU statement said after Ukrainian drones attacked Russian fighter-bombers at the military airfield, which was much further away. away that Moscow from the Volga had been found.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov spoke of a “Ukrainian escalation.” However, Russia’s leadership seems to be taking the warnings to heart: in the meantime, Pantsir S1 anti-aircraft systems were installed in a clearly visible position at the Ministry of Defense, which is located directly on the Moskva bank. Muscovites are also discovering similar positions in the Kremlin and in more and more parks in Moscow. According to official photos of the Russian army, large military exercises with anti-aircraft systems were held in the Moscow area over the weekend.

too of putin The residences are extra protected

Pantsir-S1 systems are also said to have been placed near the official residences of President Vladimir Putin in Novo-Ogaryovo, on the outskirts of Moscow, and in the Novgorod region, according to Russian opposition media. The deployment of anti-aircraft batteries in the Russian capital apparently came shortly after successful drone strikes on airfields in Russia’s Saratov and Ryazan regions, some 600 kilometers from the Ukrainian front, blamed on Kyiv.

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Moscow’s population is increasingly angry and restless: “When I read the first reports about air defense systems in Moscow, I thought it was fake news. But when I saw some from my balcony, I was shocked,” says a Muscovite who lives in the city center and with whom the Handelsblatt was able to contact via social media. One man complained that he was woken up by nightly practice fireworks, first thinking about the unannounced fireworks: “It was really scary “.

Above all, the capital of Moscow and visitors are upset that they are not explained why anti-aircraft systems are suddenly being installed in many places. The images are widely published on the channels of the Telegram messaging service. “They are taking us for fools. Our government seems to know something but, as always, says nothing. And Putin is protected, we are not,” said another Muscovite.

“Russian air defenses in a deplorable state”

The concerns do not appear to be unfounded: “Ukraine is technically capable of sending drones that could reach Moscow,” said military expert Yuri Fyodorov. The question is why these drones could not be intercepted by Russian air defense systems on their way from Ukraine to Moscow.

We arrive at the Engels airfield on the Volga, where we can also get to Moscow. Statement of the Ukrainian secret service SBU

The newly installed systems in Moscow are “a sign that Russia’s air defenses are in a deplorable state,” he added. In fact, there have already been attacks on oil storage facilities, railway lines and military camps in various Russian locations across the border.

However, the demonstrative visibility of new missile defense systems could also be a propaganda tool: according to the American Institute for the Study of Warfare, one of the goals of stationing such systems in densely populated urban areas could be to “create images that the Russian public perceives it as a more threatening depiction”.

The Russian leadership is also bringing the war closer to the population in order to mobilize it. Until now, a large part of the Russian people is waiting or passive.

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