They dip and soar, bunch together and spread out. Seen from the ground, their ephemeral parabolas look like calligraphic brushstrokes.
But when the sun sets, the magic ends. The birds descend — and wreak havoc.
Extended allied discord turned around in the space of barely a week as a new proposal swayed a reluctant ally. Germany relented on sending Leopard 2 tanks and the U.S. pledged (eventually) to provide Abrams tanks to Kyiv.