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WASHINGTON: Russia’s increase in missile strikes in Ukraine is designed in part to cut off Kyiv’s air defense supplies and eventually dominate the skies above the country, a senior Pentagon official said on Saturday.

Russia has been targeting Ukrainian cities with missile strikes for the past week, one of the biggest wave of missile strikes since Moscow invaded nearly nine months ago.

Ukraine says the attacks have paralyzed about half of Ukraine’s energy system, creating a potential humanitarian catastrophe as winter sets in.

Colin Cahill, the Pentagon’s top policy adviser, warned that Moscow also hopes to destroy Ukraine’s air defense system, which has so far prevented the Russian military from dominating the skies over Ukraine.

“They are really trying to overwhelm and destroy Ukraine’s air defense system,” Cahill told reporters during a tour of the Middle East.

“We know what the Russian theory of victory is, and we are committed to making sure it doesn’t work, by making sure the Ukrainians keep their air defenses viable. Get what you need.”

Following Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Western military experts widely expected that the Russian military would immediately seek to destroy Ukraine’s air force and air defenses. It is a fundamental element of modern military strategy, providing better support for advancing ground forces.

Instead, Ukrainian forces with surface-to-air rockets and other air defenses were able to intimidate Russian aircraft and the skies over Ukraine are contested to this day.

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This critical, early failure has been a major factor in Russia’s difficulties in Ukraine as it has paid a heavy price in lives and military equipment for its failed offensive.

“I think the one thing that probably surprised the Russians the most is how resilient Ukraine’s air defenses have been since the beginning of this conflict,” Cahill said.

“In large part, this is due to the ingenuity and ingenuity of the Ukrainians in keeping their air defense systems viable. But it is also because the United States and other allies and partners have provided a great deal of support,” he said. They said.

As the first snow fell in Ukraine, Russia attacked Betergrid.

Last week, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin focused on air defense supplies for Ukraine in a virtual meeting hosted by the Pentagon. Ukraine’s allies are providing everything from antiquated Soviet-era systems to more modern, Western systems.

For the United States, this includes the US-supplied NASAMS air defense system, which the Pentagon says has so far had a 100 percent success rate in intercepting Russian missiles in Ukraine.

“We’re moving the Ukrainians across the board to NATO-standard equipment, but not least of these include air defense systems like NASAM,” Cahill said.

The United States has delivered more than 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, along with anti-aircraft and air surveillance radars.

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