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Russian Strikes in Syria Leave Kiev Desperate to Organize Own Air Defenses

The successes of the Russian campaign of airstrikes in Syria appears to be giving authorities in Kiev the cold sweats, leaving them desperately trying to think of ways to reorganize the country’s run-down air defense network.

The month and a half long Russian operation against Islamist terrorists in Syria seems to have made quite the impression on Kiev.

Late last week, National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said that beefing up the country’s air defenses would be a big priority for the military next year. “We have been analyzing the events taking place in Syria especially closely, monitoring the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces’ operations, in order to be able to offer stiff resistance should these forces be used against Ukraine,” Turchynov said.