Soldier with shotgun guards Russian Defense Ministry building in Moscow

A soldier with a rifle began to be on duty at the building of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
A soldier with a rifle began to be on duty at the building of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

A soldier armed with a shotgun was photographed guarding the building of the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow, Radio Svoboda reported on Telegram on March 14.

The shotgun, similar to the Pantsir anti-aircraft missile and cannon system installed on the building over a year ago, is intended as a defense against drones, experts noted, due to its ability to spread buckshot widely.

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Images of anti-aircraft missile systems on central Moscow rooftops and near Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's residence in Novo-Ogaryovo first surfaced in January 2023.

Despite these installations, Moscow experienced a significant drone attack in May 2023.

In July 2023, the Pantsir-S1 system on the Russian Defense Ministry headquarters failed to intercept a drone less than 300 meters from the point of impact in Moscow.

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Drones attacked Russia’s Kursk, Belgorod, Tula, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Bryansk, Leningrad, and Oryol Oblasts, as well as Moscow on the night of March 12. Explosions were heard near an oil depot in Orel, which caught fire. An oil depot owned by the company Lukoil in the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast was shut down following a large fire.

Drones attacked Russia’s Voronezh, Kursk, Belgorod, Bryansk, Leningrad, and Lipetsk oblasts overnight on March 13, as well as an oil refinery in Ryazan, where a serious fire broke out. In addition, a drone attacked the Federal Security Service (FSB) building in Belgorod.

Ukrainian SBU security service attacked three Russian oil refineries in Ryazan, Kstovo (Nizhny Novgorod Oblast), and Kirishi (Leningrad Oblast), an NV source reported on March 13. The attacks are a continuation of a series of special operations against enemy refineries that the SBU had previously launched, the source said.

A Russian Air Force base in Buturlinovka and a military airfield in Voronezh were also targeted in the mass wave of air strikes, an informed source told NV on the same day.

It is believed that the strike was organized by Ukraine’s SBU security service with other representatives of the Defense Forces, the source told NV.

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