Air defenses have been set up near Vladimir Putin’s Forest Palace just days after missiles were deployed from his official residence near Moscow, in the latest sign that the Russian leader fears a direct strike from Ukraine.
A Pantsir-S1 defense system was deployed near the Valdai presidential palace in Yascherovo, a village halfway between Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
Similar systems were set up near Putin’s official residence in Novo-Ogarevo last week, obviously to protect it from Ukrainian drones or missiles.
Russia has also deployed the Pantsir-S1 and S-400 “Triumf” air defense systems across Moscow, fearing a large-scale attack on the capital.
A Pantsir-S1 defense system was deployed near Putin’s Valdai presidential palace (left) in Yascherovo, a village halfway between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Similar systems were deployed at Putin’s official residence in Novo-Ogarevo last week (right), evidently to protect it from Ukrainian drones or missiles
In the latest deployment, Russia set up a Pantsir-S1 defense system near Putin’s Valdai presidential palace (pictured) ‘protect him and his family’ from long-range Ukrainian attacks
It comes after two suspected Ukrainian drone strikes on two airbases deep in Russia in December, damaging two nuclear-capable bombers believed to be preparing for an attack on Ukraine.
During the latest deployment, Russia set up a Pantsir-S1 defense system near Putin’s Valdai Palace to “protect him and his family” from long-range Ukrainian attacks, according to Russian news outlet Agentstvo Novosti.
Rumor has it that Putin’s lover Alina Kabaeva, 39, is known to favor Valdai’s lavish asshole in the Novgorod region. It is believed that he and Kabaeva have a young family who have never been seen due to secrecy.
Three servicemen are constantly near the system, which has a rotating radar antenna, according to the report.
Similar systems were deployed last week near Putin’s official residence on the outskirts of Moscow and at prime locations in the city center.
“These air defense systems protect President Vladimir Putin and his family from a possible Ukrainian strike,” the report said.
“This conclusion can be drawn after the appearance of the air defense system near the presidential residence in Valdai.
“There are simply no other protection sites there, except for the residence.”
The Pantsir system is designed to protect government and industrial facilities against aircraft, helicopters, precision munitions, cruise missiles and military drones.
Last week, a new deployment of a Pantsir-S1 complex was revealed six miles from Putin’s official residence near Moscow, evidently to protect him from Ukrainian drones or missiles.
Another Pantsir-S1 defense system has appeared on the roof of the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Defense Management Center (NTsUO) on Frunzenskaya Embankment, the command center for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
A Pantsir missile system is pictured being installed on top of a building in Moscow, Russia. Installations suggest Kremlin officials fear capital could be attacked
Pictured: A Pantsir missile system (circled) is pictured atop the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Defense Management Center – the command center for Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine – on the Frunzenskaya quay in Moscow, the Russian capital
A video showed the same powerful system being lifted onto a rooftop in Teterinsky Lane in the Taganka district, one and a half kilometers from the Kremlin.
The pro-Russian Telegram channel Military Informant acknowledged it was an admission that Moscow, with a population of 12 million, is now vulnerable, with the deployment stressing that “the military are afraid of a possible struck”.
On Wednesday, photographs of the modern S-400 missile defense system appeared in two locations, one in fields belonging to the Timiryazev Agricultural Academy northwest of the city, another island of Losiny in a national park to the northeast where trees were felled for the installation.
The S-400 “Triumf” air defense system is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles. It can also be used against ground targets.
On Wednesday, photographs appeared of the modern S-400 missile defense system in two places
The S-400 “Triumf” air defense system is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles. It can also be used against ground targets
Putin has deployed the fearsome Russian S-400 defense missiles in the capital, fearing Ukraine will launch attacks on the city
It is not known if Putin’s Valdai Palace has any underground bunkers.
But he has a three-story spa complex with a “personal beauty salon” dubbed the “temple of his asceticism.”
Two floors are hidden underground filled with a cryogenic chamber for extreme cold therapy and a mud bath, in a 7,000 square meter (75,350 square foot) relaxation facility.
Available in the gargantuan spa are Lympha press-procedure massage baths, while there’s a 25-meter pool surrounded by contrasting hot tubs as well as saunas and a Turkish bath and Thai massage podium.
The sprawling lakeside estate seen in drone footage includes a horse stable, golf course, mini-golf course, VIP restaurant with cinema, bowling alley, billiard room and even a mini-casino.
The resort is dubbed Putin’s “most secret official dacha”.
The house is close to important Orthodox churches that Putin is known to have visited in times of crisis during his 23 years as president or prime minister.
Putin also owns a separate palace atop a billion-pound cliff on the Black Sea, which houses a vineyard and a “striptease” room with a stage and a performer’s pole.
There are rumors that Putin and his young family with former Olympic gymnast Kabaeva are now usually based in one of several secret bunker complexes.
It is unclear whether Putin’s Valdai Palace (pictured) has any underground bunkers. But he has a three-story spa complex with a “personal beauty salon” dubbed the “temple of his asceticism.”
The children were not introduced to the Russian people, and the secret Putin never confirmed his relationship with Kabaeva.
Ukraine is believed to be looking to extend its reach with missiles and drones in Russia. A report says the Sokol-300 Punisher drone could hit targets deep in Russia with a range of up to 2,050 miles.
It has a load of 300 kg and can carry guided missiles.
So far, Kyiv has struck areas bordering its territory but has only carried out limited air attacks in Russia, although various explosions and fires at energy facilities and shopping centers may mean that Ukraine has a capacity of sabotage.
Two suspected Ukrainian drone strikes hit two airbases in Saratov and Ryazan in December.
Engels-2 airbase near the city of Saratov was hit by an explosion in December in a strike that damaged two Tu-95 bombers – which were used to carry out airstrikes on Ukrainian infrastructure.
The base is approximately 450 miles from the nearest point in Ukraine.
Another explosion hit Russia’s Dyagilevo military base near the town of Ryazan, about 470 miles from the Ukrainian border, killing three people after a tanker truck exploded.
Despite multiple Russian strikes on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Moscow has yet to be hit.