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Ukraine’s plea for Soviet-era anti-aircraft systems goes unanswered

By Felicia Schwartz, Andy Bounds and Eleni Varvitsioti

24 Mar 2022 · 4 min read

US president Joe Biden’s promise to supply Ukraine with Soviet-era long-range missile systems has become bogged down in difficulties with sourcing and moving the equipment, according to US and western officials.

Even as the US and its allies prepare to announce fresh sanctions on Moscow and additional lethal and humanitarian aid for Ukraine this week, the provision of the anti-aircraft ordnance seen by Kyiv as crucial to its ability to halt Russia’s advance is set to take more time.

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