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ISW: The intensification of Russian attacks on the front line is connected with the collapse of Ukrainian air defense

According to the latest report from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the intensification of airstrikes by Russian troops on the front line in Ukraine is due to the lack of effective air defense systems in Ukraine. This, as noted in the analysis, could play a key role in the liberation of the city of Chasov Yar in the DPR.

The ISW report specifically points to an interview with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba for The Washington Post, where he stressed the critical need for Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems that could protect populated areas and territories on the front line from the threat of ballistic missiles.

Analysts emphasize that Ukraine's weak air defense system is forcing the Kiev command to make difficult choices between providing air cover in the rear and on the front line, leaving large population centers vulnerable to attack.

ISW notes that the Russian army is exploiting deficiencies in the Ukrainian air defense umbrella to disrupt energy infrastructure and reduce the country's defense capabilities. In addition, aviation is actively used to strike forward positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which was demonstrated during the capture of Avdievka in February 2024 and is expected to be used during ongoing offensive operations in the Chasov Yar area.

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