PARANOID Putin has deployed air defense systems around Moscow as the tyrant fears being overthrown amid his disastrous war in Ukraine.
The Pantsir-S1 and S-400 defense systems were positioned on the capital’s rooftops to intercept missiles and aircraft.
The humiliated Putin seems desperate to beef up the city’s defenses for fear of being wiped out as his baleful invasion rages on.
A Pantsir-S1 system has surfaced just ten kilometers from Putin’s official residence near Moscow – apparently to protect the fearful president from drones and missiles.
A video shows the deadly structure being deployed in the village of Sarechye in Moscow Oblast — near Putin’s Novo-Ogarevo country estate, according to the Sirena Telegram channel.
Another powerful Pantsir-S1 complex was installed on the headquarters of the Russian Ministry of Defense on Frunzenskaya Embankment.
Meanwhile, a clip appears to show the same system being hoisted onto a roof in the Taganka district, just a mile and a half from the Kremlin.
Pantsir S-1 systems combine anti-aircraft guns and missiles to intercept helicopters, cruise missiles and aircraft.
They have a maximum range of 20 km and their cannons can fire up to 40 rounds per second, according to Missile Threat.
Meanwhile, S-400 anti-missile systems – which have a range of 400km – appear to have been positioned in two locations.
One has been deployed on fields owned by the Russian State Agricultural University, while another has been positioned in Losiny Ostrov National Park.
More systems are reported to have been installed at other locations in Moscow as Putin strengthens his defenses in the capital on a daily basis.
S-400 systems, often deployed in tandem with Pantsir systems, are used to eliminate airborne threats, including aircraft, as well as cruise and ballistic missiles.
You can reach heights of up to 30 km and shoot down 80 targets at once.
It comes as the panicked Putin – who is said to have early-stage cancer and Parkinson’s – fears Ukrainian missiles could rain down on Moscow as his troops fail to overwhelm Zelenskyy’s forces.
The tyrant arrogantly believed he could invade and take Kyiv within days.
But nearly 11 months later, heroic Ukrainian defenders continue to push back – causing Russia to suffer huge losses to its arsenal and tens of thousands dead.
Officials in Kyiv have asked the US to send long-range missiles capable of destroying targets more than 100 miles away.
Authorities in the US have so far held back on sending the formidable weapons to Ukraine – but officials told Politico they will “probably” now send long-range GLSDB (Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb) missiles.
The missiles would better equip Ukraine to attack Russia.
Ben Hodges, former commanding general of US Army Europe, wrote on Twitter: “GLSDB will reduce sanctuaries for Russians.
“Life is getting very uncomfortable for the Russian Navy, Air Force and ammunition dealers in Crimea.”
Russia’s Foreign Ministry had previously warned the US against supplying Kyiv with long-range missiles as doing so would cross a “red line” and make the country a “party to the conflict”.
Putin’s fears that Kyiv could attack Moscow come after two Russian air bases were blown up in suspected Ukrainian drone strikes in December.
Drone strikes on December 5 hit the Engels-2 airbase near the city of Saratov and the Dyagilevo military base near the city of Ryazan.
Engels airbase was blown up again on December 26 in attacks Russia blamed on Ukraine.
Two Tu-95 bombers were damaged at Engels air base, while three people were killed in Dyagilevo after a fuel truck exploded.
Zelenskyy has previously insisted his troops would not attack Russian territory.
It comes as Zelenskyy today urged NATO leaders to speed up the delivery of military support – including much-needed heavy armaments.
In a speech likely to infuriate Putin even more, Zelenskyy urged the assembled defense ministers to “agree in principle” to provide his armed forces with modern main battle tanks – and put pressure on Germany to release its Leopard 2 main battle tanks to approve.
He said: “We have to accelerate.
“Time must become our weapon, just like air defense and artillery, armored vehicles and tanks, which we are negotiating with you and which will actually achieve victory,
“You can start this policy today. It is in your power to make a Ramstein out of tanks.
“Not to negotiate different numbers of tanks, but to open up [the] principle [of] Supply that will stop Russian evil.”
The meeting at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany is the latest in a row since Russia invaded Ukraine nearly 11 months ago.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev – one of Putin’s key allies – appeared to be urging NATO countries to stop supplying arms to Zelenskyy’s troops.
He threatened to unleash nuclear war on the West if Russia is defeated in Ukraine.
As his war falters, the tyrant is reportedly preparing for a new offensive that could see 700,000 troops pour into Ukraine.
Kyiv warned in the winter that Putin’s forces will prepare for another attack in 2023.
Meanwhile, in a bizarre speech on Thursday, Zelenskyy hinted that Putin might already be dead.
The Ukrainian president also said he was unsure who was making decisions in the Kremlin after allegations that Putin’s recent appearances were faked using TV special effects.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7182958/putin-air-defence-moscow-ukrainian-missile-strikes/ Putin is deploying air defense systems around Moscow as the paranoid tyrant fears being overthrown in the wake of Ukraine’s war disaster