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    Western Weapons, Growing Experience Harden Ukrainian Air Defenses Against Renewed Russian Onslaught

    Western Weapons, Growing Experience Harden Ukrainian Air Defenses Against Renewed Russian Onslaught

    NEAR , Ukraine — By the time Kyiv residents hear the -raid sirens signaling an imminent Russian attack, Ukraine's air-defense units are already on the move. From camouflaged positions, they dart out by truck to farm fields around the capital, ready to take down enemy drones or missiles.

    The scramble has become an almost nightly event since resumed regular air attacks on Kyiv on April 28 after a nearly two-month lull. The units have intercepted every drone and missile fired at the capital since then.

    It's a vast improvement since the opening days of the war, when waves of Russian missiles and aircraft eluded many Ukrainian defenses and inflicted heavy losses on Kyiv's air .

    With the help of Western weapons and growing experience, Ukraine's air defenses have made great strides in the past 14 months, saving infrastructure and lives and preventing Russia from achieving air superiority — a critical step as Ukrainians prepare for a counteroffensive.

    The bolstered defenses have deterred Russian aircraft from going deep behind the front lines and “greatly shaped the course of the war,” Ian Williams wrote this month in an analysis for the Center For Strategic and International Studies, or CSIS.

    Since April 28, Russia has fired a total of 67 missiles and 114 drones at Ukraine, according to Ukrainian air force reports. Only seven missiles and 11 drones got through, and none hit Kyiv.

    Last week,…

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