A few days ago, with lots of “ifs” and conditions, we conjured up the somewhat insane hypothesis that Ukraine, tired of seeing Russian missiles fall on its innocent civilians and infrastructure, will not end up attacking and drones from will send him design to meet Moscow.
It seems the idea isn’t that imaginative judging by the preparations Moscow is making for the coming months. Therefore, on several important buildings of the Russian capital, starting with the Ministry of Defense, anti-aircraft systems made of heavy Pantsir systems were installed using huge cranes.
Pantsir 1 captured by Ukrainian forces 🇺🇦🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/P2zYkxYq5U
— Albir 24 🇪🇺🇪🇸🇺🇦 (@albir2024) December 18, 2022
Ideal for displaying one’s strength, peace of mind and the often-shown certainty of being able to crush one’s humble neighbor – note, however, that for once the Russian army seems to be taking the lead.
Russia has placed Panstir-S1 air defense systems on an administrative building in Moscow (55.74542, 37.65135) and the National Defense Management Center (NTsUO) of the Russian Ministry of Defense on Frunzenskaya Embankment. https://t.co/WlAM7QZlej pic.twitter.com/UG4yFv6tvX
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) January 19, 2023
Pantsir-1, an anti-aircraft missile and gun complex, was installed directly on the roof of a residential building in Moscow.
In connection with what, one wonders? pic.twitter.com/Gy1qsnjVNi
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) January 19, 2023
The images of the celestial installation of these large military trucks naturally attracted the attention of the meme factories that are part of supporting Ukraine on social networks.
— Giant Military Cats (@giantcat9) January 19, 2023
— Vladi🩺🎸🤘 (@Vladi12) January 19, 2023
just to be on the safe side pic.twitter.com/WLZaYq63Og
— Dmitry (@war translated) January 19, 2023
First, the Russian military had Cope Cages.
Then they installed Cope Tors on some of their Black Sea Fleet ships.
Today they install Cope Pantsirs on government buildings in Moscow. pic.twitter.com/0EYnQasklV
— Oliver Alexander (@OAlexanderDK) January 19, 2023
More seriously, this surprise preparation by Moscow for a possible Ukrainian airstrike came in parallel with a very clear message sent by Russia’s central government on the same day.
For example, AFP reports that after an article in the New York Times, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Kremlin, stated that on January 19 we reported that possible attacks on Crimea were “potentially extremely dangerous”.
“That would take the conflict to a whole new level, which of course would be very negative for global and pan-European security,” he added. The threat is clear and has been repeated so many times that at the end it is reminiscent of the fable of the child who cried wolf, perhaps more nuclear: touch Crimea or aim at Moscow and the consequences will be dramatic.