People walk along the Red Square in front of the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow on December 31, 2022. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP)
Russia prepares for possible strikes ahead of New Years celebrations
Russia on Saturday stationed air defenses over Moscow and handed out shelter directions to citizens in Belgorod near the Ukrainian border in preparation for New Years festivities.
Some 2,000 servicemen will oversee Moscow’s air defenses while “on duty at combat posts on New Year’s Eve,” Russia’s defense ministry said according to state owned media outlet, TASS.
“In total for the period of the New Year holidays and weekends, about 20 thousand military personnel of the air defense-missile defense formation of the Aerospace Forces will be on combat duty for air defense,” the outlet said on Telegram.
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Update: Russia Beefs Up Air Defenses Over Moscow For New Year Celebrations (Zero Hedge)
WNU Editor: Not surprised …. Entrance to Red Square restricted on New Year’s Eve (News.am).
Moscow is not the only city that is beefing up its defenses …. Cities strengthen security ahead of return of crowded New Year’s Eve celebrations (CNN).