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Lack of air defense systems in Ukraine allows the occupiers to advance rapidly in Chasiv Yar area - ISW

Lack of air defense systems in Ukraine allows the occupiers to quickly achieve their goals

The lack of air defense capabilities in Ukraine allows Russian aviation to operate freely and without threat in certain critical areas of the frontline. In particular, Russian Air Force Su-25 and Su-34 aircraft operate freely at low altitudes near Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region, striking at Ukrainian positions to support Russia's advance in the area.

Analysts at the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) drew attention to this. They noted that some Russian "war bloggers" have been praising Russian aviation for allowing the occupiers to advance relatively quickly in the area since at least the end of March 2024.

The analysts noted that the ability of Russian aircraft to operate at a depth of more than 100 kilometers in Ukrainian airspace near the front line without significant losses indicates that Ukrainian air defense in the area is currently insufficient to deter or prohibit Russian aircraft from operating on the front line.

Lack of air defense systems in Ukraine allows the occupiers to advance rapidly in Chasiv Yar area - ISW
Lack of air defense systems in Ukraine allows the occupiers to advance rapidly in Chasiv Yar area - ISW

"AFU has to prioritize the allocation of their limited air defense assets in some areas of the frontline. This leads to significant costs, allowing Russian aviation to maintain more consistent and rapid successes on the ground, in particular near Chasiv Yar," the analyst says.

Earlier, on April 19, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the allies had made specific commitments to supply Ukraine with more air defense systems. This will be announced in the near future.

Earlier, President Zelenskyy once again called on partners to help our country with air defense systems. The air defense systems stored in warehouses in Western countries are urgently needed in Ukraine today, given that Russian missile terror continues.

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