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    Ukraine Downs Russian Drones But Some Get Through Due to Gaps in Air Protection

    Ukraine Downs Russian Drones But Some Get Through Due to Gaps in Air Protection

    , Ukraine — Ukrainian defenses downed 32 of 35 Shahed exploding drones launched by early Tuesday, most of them in the Kyiv region, officials said, in a bombardment that exposed gaps in the country's air protection after almost 16 months of war.

    Russian forces mostly targeted the region around the Ukrainian capital in a nighttime drone attack lasting around three hours, officials said, but Ukrainian air defenses in the area shot down about two dozen of them.

    The attack was part of a wider bombardment of Ukrainian regions that extended as far as the region in the west of the country, near Poland.

    The Shahed drones made it all the way to Lviv because of the inability of air defense assets to cover such a broad area, Ukrainian air force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said.

    Air defense systems are mostly dedicated to protecting major cities, key infrastructure facilities, including nuclear power plants, and the front line, he said.

    “There is a general lack of air defense assets to cover a country like Ukraine with a dome like israel has,” he said, in a reference to Israel's Iron Dome aerial defense system.

    In the Lviv region, the Russian strike hit a critical infrastructure facility, starting a fire, according to Lviv Gov. Maksym Kozytskyi.

    Russia also struck the southern Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine with ballistic missiles.

    Ukraine's air defenses have been reinforced with sophisticated weapons from…

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