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Death of Gonzalo Lira, Crumbling Ukrainian Air Defenses, Growing Russian Military Capabilities

Update on the conflict in Ukraine for January 15, 2024…

– US-Chilean citizen Gonzalo Lira is confirmed dead by the US State Department, having died in a Ukrainian prison with serious health issues neglected by his jailers. He was imprisoned for criticizing Kiev;

– Russia continues using a strategy of attrition across the line of contact, particularly in places like Avdeevka where Ukrainian positions are steadily degraded;

– Russian forces continue carrying out large-scale drone and missile strikes on targets across Ukraine;

– Ukraine admits a growing crisis in terms of air defense capabilities with its Western sponsors unable to supply an adequate number of interceptors for launchers transferred to Ukraine;

– Russia is continuing to expand production of existing drones and missiles while also developing new drones and missiles with greater capabilities, further stressing Ukraine’s already stretched combat capabilities;

– Previous dismissal of Russian-Iranian defense cooperation has now led to a demonstrable strategic crisis for Ukraine and the collective West;

– Ukrainian commanders are requesting what amounts to an entire army’s worth of equipment including an entire air force worth of replacement aircraft;


Newsweek – Who Is Gonzalo Lira? Pro-Putin American Expat Dies in Ukrainian Jail (January 13, 2024):
TASS – Russia to focus on provisioning of troops (January 9, 2024):
Alexander Mercouris – Rus Air Offensive, Heavy Drones; Attacks All Front Lines; Zelensky Curse; Protests France, Germany (January 10, 2024):

Mediazona – Russian casualties in Ukraine. Mediazona count, updated (December 2023 – January 2024):
NY Times – Ukraine’s Patriot Defenses at Work: Shuddering Booms and Bursts of Light (January 6, 2024):

Al Jazeera – Saudi Arabia may run out of interceptor missiles in ‘months’ (January 2022):
BBC – Japan to send Patriot missiles to US which may aid Ukraine (December 22, 2023):
Australian Defense Magazine – Lockheed Martin says Patriot missile could ‘replace anything and everything’ (November 2023):
Reuters – Ukraine has deficit of anti-aircraft guided missiles – air force (January 9, 2024):
CNN – Missile blitz, jet drones, night camouflage: Kyiv warns how Russia could overwhelm air defenses (January 11, 2024):
The Drive – Russia May Have Started Using Jet-Powered Shahed Drones In Ukraine (January 7, 2024):
CNN – Russia appears poised to purchase ballistic missiles from Iran, official says (January 4, 2024):
IISS – Ansarullah’s missile and munitions launches flex Saudi responses (March 2021):
Reuters – Ukraine needs more attack aircraft for war effort – ground forces commander (January 12, 2024):

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