Russia is stationed on Saturday Air defenses over Moscow Shelter directives were distributed to citizens in Belgorod, near the Ukrainian border, in preparation for the New Year’s festivities.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that about 2,000 soldiers will supervise Moscow’s air defenses while “performing their duty in combat positions on New Year’s Eve.”
“In total for the period of New Year’s holidays and weekends, about 20 thousand military personnel of the Air Defense and Missile Defense formation of the Aerospace Forces will be on air defense combat duty,” the outlet said on Telegram.
The ministry did not say whether it had indicated there would be an attack on the capital closer to the new year, although according to Ukrainian news outlet Pravda, Russia is also preparing areas along the Ukrainian border.
the Belgorod region – which shares a border with Ukraine’s Kharkiv region and whose regional capital is about 20 miles from the border – has seen several strikes in recent months as Ukrainian forces push the front line east.
According to the Ukrainian news outlet, Russian authorities provided residents of the area with maps of shelters in the city in case of renewed attacks.
Ukraine drove Russian forces out of Kharkiv in September, and by October Belgorod reportedly began to see an increase in bombing.
He claimed the governor of the region that a massive fire broke out in mid-October after the bombing of a Russian oil depot.
Then shelling in the area killed two in November and power lines were reported damaged in early December.
The governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said that another bombing incident was reported on December 18, in which one person was killed, eight others were wounded, and dozens of residential buildings were damaged.
It remains unclear whether the events in Belgorod were deliberate and the Ukrainian government has not commented publicly on the strikes, which targeted several Russian sites, including At least four separate strokes on Russian bases earlier this month.
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