US will soon bolster Ukrainian air defences

US will soon bolster Ukrainian air defences with Soviet-made equipment it secretly acquired decades ago

The delivery of the air defence systems is part of a push by the Biden administration to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian airstrikes and missile attacks, as Moscow continues to use both indiscriminately a month into its invasion.

The systems are likely to be familiar to the Ukrainian military, which inherited some of the same equipment following the fall of the Soviet Union. Officials told the Wall Street Journal that the delivery will include the SA-8, a mobile short-range surface-to-air missile system developed by the USSR in the 1960s.

More Stingers are on the way to Ukraine as part of a new package of military aid from the US. The total amount of aid pledged by the US now stands at $1 bn. A total of 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems are included in the latest package.

In recent days, the Russian offensive has largely stalled as it faced logistical issues and stiff resistance from Ukrainian forces. In response to its inability to advance on the ground, Russia has increased its bombing of the country with jets and missiles.…

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