Russia installs air defense systems in Moscow, as US remains focused on ‘supporting Ukraine’

Russia has installed air defense systems at several locations in and around Moscow after multiple Ukrainian drone strikes on Russian territory, Fox News has learned, but some officials are not worried and remain focused on helping the defense of Ukraine.

An air defense system, according to social media posts on Friday, has been installed atop the Russian army headquarters in Moscow.

“We are aware of recent reports, but we are not going to speculate on hypothetical situations,” a Pentagon spokesman, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Garron J. Garn, told Fox News Digital on Monday.

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An air defense system, according to social media posts on Friday, has been installed atop the Russian army headquarters in Moscow.

An air defense system, according to social media posts on Friday, has been installed atop the Russian army headquarters in Moscow.
(AP)

“Our goal remains to support Ukraine with the means to deter and defend against further Russian aggression,” Garn added.

Some Western officials told Fox News they were not worried Ukraine would deploy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) strikes so deep into Russia that Moscow would be affected.

However, some US analysts believe the Kremlin saw Ukraine’s long-range UAV capabilities in recent strikes and installed the systems in response.

Fox News has also learned that these analysts believe the installation is a signal that Russia recognizes the porous nature of its current air defense systems.

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But former US intelligence official Rebekah Koffler told Fox News Digital she believed Putin was preparing for a “massive escalation”.

Fox News has learned that analysts believe the installation is a signal that Russia recognizes the porous nature of its current air defense systems.

Fox News has learned that analysts believe the installation is a signal that Russia recognizes the porous nature of its current air defense systems.
(Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters)

“These are preparations for a full-scale war that could involve the United States,” Koffler said. “That’s what Putin is preparing for.”

Koffler, a former DIA intelligence officer and author of “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America,” told Fox News Digital that air defense systems are “strategically located in places where Putin and elites live. Russians”.

“There is another broader missile defense that covers the whole of Moscow, but there are gaps,” Koffler said, noting that if this action is preparation for internal conflict, it could “spin out of control.” .

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“It’s a firm route to climbing,” Koffler said.

Russian officials did not comment on the facilities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill on December 21, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill on December 21, 2022.
(AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

The United States has advised Kyiv to suspend all great counter-offensives against Russian forces in Ukraine until final shipments of weapons and training from Washington have been delivered, a senior White House official said on Saturday, according to Reuters.

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Kyiv has not officially announced that it is planning another major counter-offensive just months after successfully ousting Russian troops from Kharkiv in the north and the city of Kherson in the south, although it has repeatedly warned that she believed that Moscow was taking steps to accelerate and intensify its war effort.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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