Recognizing its failure at preventing multiple drone attacks on its own capital, Russia has recently recalibrated its short and medium-range defenses around Moscow, the UK’s Defense Ministry reported on Sept. 12.
In an apparent effort to detect and engage the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Russian SA-22 air defense systems around Moscow have been positioned on elevated towers and ramps since at least early Sept. 2023.
It is likely also intended as a high-profile reassurance to the public that the authorities have taken measures to bring the threat under control.
Moscow has seen frequently attacked with drones throughout Summer 2023, with several reports of SA-5 GAMMON missiles – potentially modified Ukrainian versions of the Soviet S-200 anti-aircraft missiles – hitting targets across Russia.
The failure of Russia’s air defense system effectiveness is a likely cause of the recent “recalibration.”
Following strikes against Engels and Ryazan air bases in Dec. 2022, Russia also positioned SA-22 on the roofs of official buildings in Moscow.
A drone allegedly flying towards Moscow was shot down in the Ramensky municipal district of Russia on Sept. 7.
One drone had been destroyed over Russian Kaluga Oblast, claimed Russian Ministry of Defense on Sept. 5.
Will you support Ukraine’s free press?
Dear reader, as all news organizations, we must balance the pressures of delivering timely, accurate, and relevant stories with requirements to fund our business operations.
As a Ukrainian-based media, we also have another responsibility – to amplify Ukraine’s voice to the world during the crucial moment of its existence as a political nation.
It’s the support of our readers that lets us continue doing our job. We keep our essential reporting free because we believe in our ultimate purpose: an independent, democratic Ukraine.
If you’re willing to support Ukraine, consider subscribing to our Patreon starting from 5$ per month. We are immensely grateful.
Please help us continue fighting Russian propaganda.
Truth can be hard to tell from fiction these days. Every viewpoint has its audience of backers and supporters, no matter how absurd.
If conscious disinformation is reinforced by state propaganda apparatus and budget, its outcomes may become deadly.
There is no solution to this, other than independent, honest, and accurate reporting.
We remain committed to empowering the Ukrainian voice to push against the muck. If you’re willing to stand up for the truth – consider supporting us on Patreon starting from 5$ per month. Thank you very much.
Will you help tell Ukraine’s story to the world?
Twenty years ago, most people hadn’t even heard of Ukraine. Today, the country is on everyone’s lips and everyone’s headlines. War pushed us on the front page. But there are many other things we do that we are proud of – from music and culture to technology.
We need your help to tell the world Ukrainian story of resilience, joy, and survival. If you’re willing to back our effort, consider supporting us on Patreon starting from 5$ per month. We are immensely grateful.