Russia has moved 100 long-range missiles for the S-300 and S-400 air defense systems. The missiles have a maximum flight range of up to 400 kilometers. According to the Daily Mail, the missiles were relocated to Russia from Belarus.
The transfer of missiles from Belarus to Russia may be evidence that Ukraine is preparing for large-scale attacks on Russian territory, both by missiles and drones. The move of Russia strengthening its air defense indicates it has been waiting for the Ukrainian counter-offensive.
Earlier the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, announced that Kiev is ready for taking back Crimea in December. The peninsula declared independence from Ukraine in 2014 after a referendum and joined the Russian federation.
General Andrei Gurulev, former deputy commander of the Russian troops in the Southern Military District, warned on his Telegram channel that “Russia needs to be ready for a serious defense in Crimea”. Two weeks ago Russia’s troops withdrew from the key city of Kherson. The region joined the Russian federation in September. The move was considered as the biggest defeat for Russia since the start of the war.