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Ukraine may run out of air defense missiles by end of March

Consequences of the Russian missile attack on Odesa, March 15, 2024
Consequences of the Russian missile attack on Odesa, March 15, 2024

Ukraine's armed forces are facing a serious shortage of ammunition for air defense systems to protect cities, and Russian air attacks will cause increasing losses, The Washington Post reports, citing Western officials on March 15.

Ammunition for some missile defense systems could be almost exhausted by the end of March, according to two Western officials who met with Ukrainian counterparts at a security conference last month.

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Currently, Ukraine tries to shoot down four out of every five missiles fired at its cities. However, soon it will only be possible to try to down only one out of five, one official said.

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"This will have a significant impact on life in Ukraine's cities, many of which have returned to relative normalcy over the past year as missile defenses have generally proved effective," said the Post.

On March 15, Russia launched a missile attack on Odesa. Two explosions were reported killing 21 people, including a medic and two rescuers who came to help after first explosion.

On March 13, Russia launched a series of strikes — high-rise buildings were destroyed in Sumy, Kryvyi Rih, and Myrnohrad, leaving at least 8 dead and more than 50 wounded.

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