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Game of Drones

March 10, 2022 – Drone footage shows the “ambush” of a Russian military convoy in Skybyn close to Kyiv. Sky News has verified the drone footage that was released by Ukraine’s military forces.

June 6, 2022 – The Game of Drones — this is a stand up and cheer story — a small but crucial piece of a larger heroic story about a 15-year-old boy who helped fight the Russian army to protect his homeland, Ukraine, and defend his family and friends in combat against a Russian armored column that had invaded his country. Yes, really. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Ukraine’s armed forces have been fighting back and winning their battles against the Russian army. Some Ukrainian civilians are playing an important role in turning back the Russian invaders.

In the news on TV, the whole world is watching the men and women of Ukraine. The people of the world see their fierce bravery, steadfast spirit, and obvious fighting ability. The men and women of Ukraine are fighting bravely and well against the Russian invaders of their homeland. Off-the-shelf consumer drones are playing a crucial role in this Russian invasion of Ukraine. Hundreds of civilian drone operators, including young teenage boys and girls, have been documenting everything from Russian troop movements to verifying the evidence of Russian war crimes.

Their images and videos are posted online and shared with Ukrainian authorities, leaving the Russian invasion force nowhere to hide—all because of drone technology that moms and dads and kids are operating with such amazing skill. In Ukraine, people say “Слава Україні! (Slava Ukraini!) “Glory to Ukraine!” Героям слава! (Heroiam slava!) “Glory to the heroes!” I say, “Blessings to you, and to everyone you love, and to everyone who loves you.” We are many.

June 17, 2022 – An elite group of drone operators is leading the charge in Ukraine’s David-and-Goliath defense against Putin’s Russia. Attacking at night using drone and surveillance technology, this unit – including teachers, bankers and drone hobbyists – successfully halted a convoy of Russian tanks headed for Kyiv. VICE World News speaks to the co-founder of Aerorozvidka, Lieutenant Colonel Yaroslav Honchar.

August 31, 2022 – In the south, in the Kherson region, the Ukrainian military launched a counteroffensive. In particular, Ukrainian forces liberated one of the villages in the region’s north. Aerial scouts of the “Karlsson” unit work in this area. With the help of the Ukrainian UAV “Leleka-100”, they act as spotters for US-made artillery – howitzers M777 and HIMARS MLRS.

“Recently, we leveled their ammo depot,” – says the unit commander with the callsign “Playboy” about the success of their work. These successes are pretty visual. Members of the unit show the results of their work. With the help of their UAV, Ukrainian artillery destroyed several Russian infantry fighting vehicles (BMP) and made it possible for the Ukrainian army to advance further – deep into the Kherson region.

October 7, 2022 – Russia has resorted to using Shahed-136 drones from Iran in its war on Ukraine. Ukraine says it’s already downed many of the drones, which work by slamming into their intended target, laden with explosives. Ordinary Ukrainians say they can already recognize the sound of the drones.

October 17, 2022 – Russia has hit the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, with a wave of Iranian-made kamikaze drones. A number of locations across the city have been hit, including residential buildings, with at least one person killed, according to Mayor Vitali Klitschko. One of the buildings targeted was the headquarters of Ukraine’s energy company, as part of ongoing Russian efforts to target energy infrastructure ahead of winter.

October 18, 2022 – Three Russian strikes have hit a “power facility” in Kyiv, Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday. The attack on the unspecified energy facility comes just a day after deadly Russian drone strikes hit the Ukrainian capital. “Preliminarily, three hits on a power supply facility on the left bank of Kyiv,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office said in a statement published on social media. There were reports of the strikes causing several explosions and sending smoke rising over Kyiv. The city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said the attack targeted “critical infrastructure” and emergency workers were on their way.

Meanwhile, the northern city of Zhytomyr was left without electricity and water supply after the Tuesday morning strikes, its mayor said. “There is currently no light or water in the city. Hospitals are on reserve (power) supplies,” Serhiy Sukhomlyn said on Facebook. Air raid warnings were sounded across Ukraine in the wake of fresh drone and missile attacks from Russia, reports said. On Monday, four people were killed in Kyiv due to a barrage of Russian attacks with so-called “suicide drones.” Among the dead were a woman who was six months pregnant and her husband, local officials said. “Ukraine is under attack from the occupiers. They continue to do what they do best: Terrorizing and killing civilians,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had said on Monday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the international community to provide more air defense systems in the midst of renewed Russian airstrikes with so-called “suicide drones.” “The world can and must stop this terror. When we talk about Ukraine’s need for air and missile defense, we are talking about real lives that are being taken by terrorists,” he said in a statement published late Monday. “And this is not only Ukrainian interest. The fewer terrorist opportunities Russia has, the sooner this war will end,” Zelenskyy added. His comments came after the latest barrage of Russian strikes on Ukrainian cities. Zelenskyy said Monday’s attacks were primarily carried out with Iranian-designed combat drones, also referred to as “kamikaze drones.”

Zelenskyy said that since Sunday evening Ukraine had intercepted 37 such drones and several cruise missiles. Russian military aircraft crashed into apartments near the Azov Sea coast. At least 13 people were killed after a military plane crashed into a residential building in the port town of Yeysk in Russia’s southwestern Krasnodar Krai region, Russian media quoted a Health Ministry spokesperson as saying on Tuesday. Russia’s Defense Ministry said the crash of the Su-34 bomber set off a fire covering some 2,000 square meters (21,500 square feet), the state RIA news agency reported. Hours after the accident, Krasnodar Krai Governor Veniamin Kondratyev said emergency services had managed to douse the fire. Yeysk lies on the Azov Sea coast, close to the country’s border with Ukraine, and is home to some 90,000 people, along with a Russian air base.

October 24, 2022 – There is growing evidence that Russia is using Iranian-made drones in its bombardment of Ukraine. Ukraine says its forces have shot down more than 200 Iranian-made drones in the last few weeks. Both Iran and Russia deny that so-called ‘kamikaze’ drones used in Moscow’s aerial bombardments have come from Iran. The West says there is mounting evidence this is the case. Use of such drones violates a UN resolution curbing Iranian weapons exports.

October 26, 2022 – To combat Russia’s immense military power, Ukraine has built an army of drones, turning everyday aerial vehicles into military weapons that have helped change the momentum of this war.

November 9, 2022 – Ukraine War Footage – German Gepard anti-aircraft gun destroys Russian drone in Pavlovka. Self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAG) supplied by Germany will make it easier for Ukraine to target Iranian-made drones, according to a soldier fighting for Ukraine’s forces. Germany has given Ukraine 30 of the Gepard units along with 6,000 rounds of ammunition. Also known as the Flakpanzer Gepard, the Gepard is a mainstay of the air defense of the German Army (Bundeswehr) and other NATO countries. Independent Report brings you the latest breaking news videos and explainers from around the world.

November 16, 2022 – Ukraine has received 30 German Gepard anti-aircraft guns from Berlin as well as 6,000 rounds of ammunition. The German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, or SPAAG, also known as Gepard, was created in the 1960s and has undergone numerous upgrades. It is capable of operating in all weather conditions. Its function is to defend troops, fighting units, and important installations against aerial assaults.

December 5, 2022 – Air raid sirens sounded in Kyiv and other major cities across Ukraine as Russian missiles again threatened the country’s infrastructure. It’s the latest round of attacks aimed at causing maximum disruption to power supplies as the bitter winter begins to take hold across the country.

December 5, 2022 – Germany has supplied 30 Gepard anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine. The Gepard is a short range anti aircraft system with two 30mm autocannons. Although it is a shorter range weapon, the 100% effectiveness of the Gepard to hit targets within its range is as good as it gets. Ukraine is receiving more and more Gepard systems which will dramatically improve Ukraine’s ability to destroy enemy drones, missiles, helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft.

December 30, 2022 – The luckiest and most productive Ukrainian pilot, the “Fighting Goose,” shot down seven air targets. It’s been a hard day This guy doesn’t look like the Fighting Goose on the postage stamp that was issued in his honor. Vadim Voroshilov is almost 30. He believes that this is the ideal age for fighter pilot. A Ukrainian pilot with the call sign Kagaya serves in the 204th tactical aviation brigade.

He is one of the best pilots in Ukraine. In August, Vadim received the Medal of Courage. In December, President Zelensky awarded him the title of Hero of Ukraine. Now we will tell you all the details of that crazy day when the Ukrainian pilot set a performance record and flew his flaming fighter away from the city.

December 31, 2022 – Ukraine is reportedly working on developing drones that can engage in air-to-air combat in order to shoot down hostile drones. Currently, Ukraine uses costly air defense missiles to counter incoming Russian drones, known as Kamikazes. However, the country is looking to create satellite-guided strike drones as an alternative.

Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation has referred to Russia’s conflict with Ukraine as the first major war of the internet age and has acknowledged the role of drones and satellite internet systems, such as Starlink, in shaping the conflict. Drones have become critical for surveillance and combat in this ongoing conflict.


December 31, 2022 – This was a difficult year. A year of war and losses, but also a year of great Ukrainian Victories that proved – Ukraine was, is and will always be strong, democratic and free.

00:00 – Ukraine before 2022 and its European history
01:21 – Military victories of Ukraine in 2022 (putin`s blitzkrieg failed, attacks on Kyiv and Kharkiv repulsed, liberation of Kherson, russian warship flagship “Moskva” sank, Crimean bridge on fire, Zelensky`s bravery vs putin`s bunker)
04:06 – International support and volunteers during russian war in Ukraine
05:00 – Diplomatic victories of Ukraine in 2022 (NATO and allies of Ukraine, Ukrainian refugees, American land-lease for Ukraine, sanctions against russia, russia is a terrorist state and Ukraine is an EU candidate country)
07:45 – Cultural victories of Ukraine in 2022 (Ukrainian language, Eurovision 2022 winners, borshch as UNESCO heritage, Pulitzer and Nobel Peace Prize for Ukraine, Zelensky and the spirit of Ukraine as “Time” person of the year)

January 4, 2023 – Ukraine is using searchlights mounted on trucks to spot Shahed 136 drones, paired with anti-aircraft trucks.

January 4, 2023 – Drone advances in Ukraine have accelerated a long-anticipated technology trend that could soon trigger a new age of warfare. According to analysts, the longer the war lasts, the more likely it becomes that killer drones will be used to attack targets. Experts say there is a possibility that this war might be the first conflict to see the world’s first fully autonomous fighting robots. It would mark a revolution in military technology as profound as the introduction of the machine gun.

Ukraine already has semi-autonomous attack drones and counter-drone weapons powered with AI. Russia also claims to possess Artificial Intelligence-enabled weaponry, though the claims are unproven. But there are no confirmed instances of a nation putting into combat robots that have killed entirely on their own. Experts say it may be only a matter of time before either Russia or Ukraine, or both, deploy them.

00:00 – Ukraine’s Drone Advances Spell the Dawn of AI Robots
01:46 – Is Ukraine Working on AI Weapons?
02:41 – How AI is Already Helping Ukraine Defend Against Russia
04:46 – Russia Looking to Integrate AI Weapons Into Its Military

January 5, 2023 – In the battle for the eastern city of Bakhmut, Ukrainian gunners are hitting Russian troops with Soviet-era Akatsiya artillery, coordinating their accuracy with multiple spotter drones, they say. Russians are countering with jamming and interference, say the Ukrainians at the controls.

January 30, 2023 – CNN’s Fred Pleitgen embeds with Ukrainian drone operators on the front lines of Ukraine’s war against Russia – a dangerous role that is crucial in detecting Russian forces’ movements.

February 11, 2023 – Meet Ukraine’s mobile air defense units that protect the country’s sky from Iranian drones and Russian missiles. As Ukraine waits for more air defense systems from allies, these units take matters into their own hands to protect people from Russia’s constant attacks.

February 12, 2023 – Both Russia and Ukraine have been using unmanned drones in the war for attacks and information gathering. Russia has made particular use of Iranian-made ‘suicide drones’ carrying explosives. They can spend significant time in the air before finding a target and crashing into it. DW’s correspondent Mathias Bölinger went to meet Ukrainian soldiers whose job it is to shoot them down.

February 17, 2023 – RFE/RL’s Roman Pahulych accompanied a Ukrainian drone crew as they sent up the army’s Leleka-100 unmanned aerial vehicle into occupied territory. Vlad, Yevhen, and their crew say they have made 2,000 sorties since the war began, by day and night.

February 20, 2023 – This week marks one year since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In the eastern part of the country, frontline units are working to modernize a war that has often seemed an echo from last century. Nick Schifrin and videographer Eric O’Connor traveled to the Donetsk Province and report on Ukrainian soldiers using drones in the hunt for Russian troops.

February 23, 2023 – The war in Ukraine has seen a proliferation of aerial drones for both surveillance and combat. The military advantages of these relatively cheap systems are obvious – especially for a force taking on a more conventionally powerful foe – and there is nothing so useful to a soldier as knowing what lies over a hill. But does the increasing sophistication of the technology point to a future in which artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons also become commonplace? And if that happens – what ethical questions might it raise?

February 26, 2023 – The new aid package for Ukraine announced by the US military on February 24 is packed with drones and loitering munitions. Valued at approximately $2 billion in total, the package is part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI). According to experts, some of the drones are part of the US aid package represents a significant leap in terms of range and endurance over the drone currently used by Ukraine. Watch the video to find out more about drones.


February 27, 2023 – Reports about a Russian Air Force Beriev A-50U damaged by partisans in a drone attack at Machulishchy airfield in Belarus.

March 1, 2023 – There has been a steady increase in Ukraine using UJ-22 armed drones to attack targets deep inside Russia. The latest drone was shot down only about 500 miles southeast of Moscow, just meters away from a Gazprom gas distribution center. The attack even though tactically insignificant, was described by retired Air Vice-Marshal Sean Bell as “strategically very important as it takes the fight in Russia.”

March 9, 2023 – Most likely, Russia’s military won’t be able to keep up the same level of fighting in Ukraine and won’t be able to take over much more land this year. After big setbacks and big battlefield losses, it is unlikely that the Russian military will be able to recover enough this year to make big territorial gains. Putin probably thinks that, even if it takes years, the best way to protect Russia’s long-term strategic interests in Ukraine is to keep the conflict going with short breaks. There were roughly 70,000 residents in the city before the war, but only 4,000 civilians, including 38 children, remain today. Russian forces are actively advancing on Ukrainian positions. However, they fail miserably and incur enormous losses. EU nations have agreed to speed up artillery round shipments and purchase more shells to aid Ukraine, but they still need to figure out how to make these goals a reality.

Iran, on the other hand, has secretly sent Russia large amounts of ammunition for the conflict in Ukraine, and it has more to send. Moscow’s military power has been significantly reduced as a result of troop and weapon losses, as well as trade limitations and restrictions imposed by the US and its allies. According to what we currently know, Russia’s armed forces have nearly exhausted the stock of artillery ammunition kept in the country’s center. At the moment, weapons are being sent to the parts of Ukraine that other Russian regions have taken over. The result is much longer delivery times. Reports say that bad storage and not following service rules are to blame for the low quality of new batches of weapons.

Nearly 50% of them have obvious rust damage. Within the next two to three months, it’s anticipated that the invasion forces will experience a shortage of ammunition due to the intense hostilities. According to the Ukrainian military, the recent attack that was thwarted cost Russia at least 130 tanks and armored personnel carriers. That number could not be independently verified. Russian forces also carried out 24 airstrikes and a missile strike. The adversary employed one Shahed-136 drone during the airstrikes. The gunfire destroyed it. Additionally, the occupiers launched multiple rockets in over 60 attacks. In the previous day, Ukrainian combat aircraft carried out seven attacks on Russian staging areas. Additionally, a Russian Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down by Ukrainian defenders.

Ukrainian rocket forces and gunners hit five Russian military staff concentration areas, three fuel depots, an anti-aircraft missile system, and a radar system for the Zoopark counter battery. People in the Russian armed forces are getting more and more upset with what their commanders are doing. The main reason is that more and more support unit soldiers are being forced to take part in assault operations, even though they have never been in combat before. Because of this, there are a lot more casualties, but new soldiers don’t like being put through the grinder. The enemy’s equipment and person-clusters were the targets of 11 airstrikes by the Ukrainian Air Force, as well as one on the enemy’s anti-aircraft missile system. On March 8, troops from Ukraine using heavy weapons and missiles also hit a Russian command post.

March 16, 2023 – Lt. General Ben Hodges (Ret.) weighs in on newly released footage from the US reaper drone taken down by a Russian fighter jet.

March 20, 2023 – Horrible!! Ukraine drones drop bombs blew up dozens of Russian Wagner soldiers on the Bakhmut frontline In dramatic footage released today, a Ukrainian drone destroys a Russian tank in a huge explosion. Footage released by Ukraine’s 59th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade shows multiple drone strikes targeting Russian tanks near the Bakhmut border.

March 24, 2023 – Ukrainian soldiers have been honing their skills to shoot down Iranian-made drones with machine guns. Russian forces have been using the drones to launch attacks across Ukraine. The Ukrainian military says it is having success gunning down the drones, even as Russia continues to change tactics.

April 1, 2023 – Sky’s chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay travels to Bakhmut to speak to Ukraine’s young drone warriors who are defending the city from the sky.

April 12, 2023 – On the Ukrainian frontline, drone units are operating in tandem with artillery to specifically target Russian positions. Using the drones has proved invaluable as a means to make the most of dwindling ammunition supplies and conserving what’s left as Ukraine battles to hold on to towns and villages across different parts of the country. Bel Trew visited one drone unit, fighting along a heavily attacked frontline, as politicians struggle to secure the ammunition needed to avoid ceding control of territory. Watch Bel’s dispatches from Ukraine, including her documentary The Body In The Woods on Independent TV and connected TV.

May 29, 2023 – Today Russian forces conducted a massive drone and missile strike. The first stage of the operation actually began yesterday when Russians conducted a strike exclusively with drones. The primary target of the strike became the capital of Ukraine – Kyiv, coincidentally during the official holiday when Ukrainian celebrate the day of the creation of the city. Kyiv is also protected by a lot of Patriot systems, and many Russian sources speculated that the goal of the strike was to identify the position of Ukrainian air defense. Even though Iranian Shahed combat UAVs do not have cameras, some Russian analysts mentioned that Russian forces recently modified the navigation system of these drones, which allows them now to not only track the position of the drone but also change the trajectory in real-time. Given that Shahed drones have a range of up to 2500 km, theoretically, it allows the drone to fly in circles above a particular area until it is shot down.

And once Russian see that the drone was destroyed, they mark the area above which they lost the connection. This is a doubtful strategy because Ukrainian forces figured out early on that the most effective weapon against targets that are flying at low altitudes is small arms. We have already discussed the creation of mobile anti-drone units, however, Ukrainian General Staff reported that the old ZU-23 anti-aircraft gun turned out to work even better. Ukrainian General Staff reported that during that night, Ukrainian defenders intercepted 58 out of 59 Shaheds. Today at night, Russians conducted the second stage of their operation, where they targeted areas based on the previously gathered information.

Earlier, Ukrainian Intelligence noted that Russian started relocating their bombers from the northern bases towards the Caspian Sea, which was a strong indicator that they were preparing to launch missiles and gave Ukrainians some time to prepare. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russians carried out two massive air and missile strikes. Russians reportedly launched 40 Shahed drones from the north and south, 40 cruise missiles from strategic bombers from the Caspian Sea, and 11 ballistic missiles Iskander. All ballistic missiles targeted Kyiv, and it’s been speculated that they were used as the main weapon for destroying Patriot systems. Russian sources reported that since Iskanders have a ballistic trajectory, the air defense can identify them only at the last minute.

However, all Iskanders were successfully shot down. Even though the threat above Kyiv was neutralized, local residents still suffered from the falling debris onto the city. The remnants of Ukrainian and Russian rockets hit the streets and cars and damaged several roofs in the residential area. Another big target became Odesa. Odesa is one of the main logistical hubs through which Ukrainians receive a lot of supplies from the West, so it has a lot of potential targets and is therefore protected with the best air defense systems available. The footage shows how Patriot rockets are sent into the sky, which is almost immediately followed by explosions of the targets. According to the updated information, Ukrainian Defense Forces intercepted 36 out of 40 cruise missiles and 30 out of 38 Shahed UAVs. Russian sources reported that they destroyed all command posts, radar posts, warehouses with equipment, ammunition depots, and aviation equipment that they decided to destroy today.

Overall, Ukrainian forces have adapted to the strikes and managed to minimize the premature disclosure of their air defense positions during the primary strikes while also maximizing the protection of the biggest cities and logistical hubs during the decisive strikes. Russian Air Force has gradually given up targeting critical energy infrastructure because the results did not justify the expenditure of missiles. Right now, they are trying to destroy Patriot systems as soon as possible in an effort to prevent the US from sending more of them by showing that their equipment is immediately destroyed. If previously, Russians were conducting massive missile and drone strikes every 2 or 3 weeks, then now they are doing it every 2 days. Nonetheless, judging by the available footage, Patriot systems continue destroying Russian cruise, ballistic and hypersonic missiles.

May 30, 2023 – Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that a drone attack in the capital caused “minor” damage to several buildings but did not cause serious injury to anyone. “All emergency services of the city are at the scene of incidents,” Sobyanin said on his Telegram messaging channel. It was reported on several of Russia’s Telegram channels that four to 10 drones were shot down around the outskirts of Moscow and in its immediate region. Some residents were being evacuated, according to Sobyanin. It was not immediately clear who was launched the drone attack, but the Kremlin said was a “response” by Kyiv to a recent Russian hit in Ukraine.

“It is completely clear that we are talking about response acts by the Kyiv regime to very effective strikes on a command centre,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, without expanding on where the attack in Kyiv took place. This was the second attack on Moscow reported this month. Russian authorities said two drones targeted the Kremlin earlier this month. Russia has accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on ITS capital Moscow, in which several buildings were damaged. Russia’s defense ministry said it shot down five unmanned aerial vehicles, and diverted three others electronically. A Ukrainian spokesman said Kyiv was pleased – but denied quote “direct relation” to the drone attacks.

May 30, 2023 – Update from Ukraine | drones hit Moscow | revenge for Kyiv | just a beginning.

May 30, 2023 – Ukraine strikes back – Moscow was under massive drone attack.

May 31, 2023 – In the war behind Ukraine’s front lines, it seems drones have become the weapon of choice for both sides. Moscow began launching waves of so-called kamikaze drones last year, terrorizing civilians and damaging infrastructure. But recently the devices have been used in attacks on Russian soil, bringing the war to Putin’s doorstep.

June 2, 2023 – CNN’s Fred Pleitgen reports from a secret drone testing site where a Ukrainian company is building combat drones. The owner claims the drones are capable of reaching Moscow, which recently saw its first drone attack. Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling discusses.

June 10, 2023 – Huge chaos prevails in Moscow: ‘Ukraine’s hammer’ hit Russia right in the heart.

June 11, 2023 – Russia’s drone problem has only just begun.

June 14, 2023 – Russian soldier Ruslan Anitin was one of the last fighters alive in his unit on the front lines of Bakhmut after Ukrainian assault drones dropped lethal explosives on his comrades. Battlefield footage shows the frantic choices he made trying to survive. The soldier spoke to The Journal at a detention facility in the Kharkiv region on May 19, 2023.

0:00 Drone footage
1:43 Establishing communication
3:01 The note
6:14 The surrender

June 15, 2023 – CNN’s Frederik Pleitgen gets an exclusive look at how an elite Ukrainian drone strike team carries out an attack on a Russian position.

July 7, 2023 – Since the start of the Ukrainian counter-offensive, there has been a notable rise in the use of Lancet drones by the Russian military. More specifically, they have been deploying the latest model known as the Lancet-3. The Russian Ministry of Defense unveiled a video on April 6, 2023, demonstrating the operational utilization of the Lancet-3 loitering munition during combat operations in Ukraine. On the other hand, shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 23, 2022, the Biden administration declared its intention to deliver numerous Switchblade 600 systems to Ukraine. This loitering munition is commonly referred to as a suicide drone. So, between the US Switchblade-600 and Russia’s Lancet-3 kamikaze drone, which is more outstanding? Let’s take a look at the key characteristics of the two competing drones.

July 10, 2023 – Leaked video shows how Ukraine’s drone ops are evolving!

July 26, 2023 – From the production of cheap battlefield drones to AI-powered missile detection, Ukrainian tech start-ups, IT workers and volunteers have been developing military tech and putting themselves on the front line of the war effort.

00:00 Ukraine’s tech war
00:39 The growing tech sector
01:28 The tech start-up: Respeecher and AI voice cloning
03:35 The miltech start-up: Zvook and AI missile detection
05:32 A digitally-focused country
08:00 A fully-fledged drone war
09:06 The drone start-up
11:17 Drones: the growth of the market
12:41 Why drones?
14:13 Drones and the women’s veteran movement
16:00 Ukrainian resilience
16:30 Air Alert! Ajax Systems
19:30 It’s not just about drones
20:12 The anti-drone gun: DroneUA
21:04 Who’s winning the tech war?
22:45 The army of robots
23:36 A new Israel?
24:46 The war has changed us

July 27, 2023 – Since the Ukrainian counteroffensive against Russian forces began, there’s been a dramatic increase in Ukraine’s use of FPV, or first person view drones to execute kamikaze-style attacks on Russian tanks, troop positions and other large-scale weapons. The aim is to operate cheaply and to make the military less dependent on Western weapons. WSJ gathered dozens of videos from Ukrainian units on the frontlines, to break down how their drone teams execute these attacks on Russia’s military.

0:00 Increase in use of FPV drones
1:01 The kamikaze drone process
2:15 Destroying targets

July 27, 2023 – Six months ago, Ukrainian soldiers typically used Javelin or NLAW anti-tank missiles to destroy Russian tanks. We’ve witnessed numerous epic scenes of Russian tanks having their turrets blown off, soaring high into the air, and tanks being torn into pieces of scrap metal. But very soon, it became clear that the Javelin missile was not the best way to destroy tanks. There are far better and cheaper methods. Nowadays, we see that a small kamikaze drone equipped with a grenade poses a much greater threat to tanks and any armored vehicles. Today, I will show you real examples of how Ukraine is completely changing the perception of modern warfare. During the counteroffensive, Ukrainian forces began experiencing a severe shortage of Javelin anti-tank missiles. But it turned out that lightweight FPV (First Person View) drones can completely replace Javelin anti-tank missiles. Here’s how it works.

Let’s compare the operation of the Javelin missile with that of the kamikaze drone. Previously, to destroy a tank, it had to be within your line of sight, meaning you had to see it with your own eyes. The Javelin missile has a special direct-guidance optical system. Upon spotting an enemy tank, you could press the launch button, and the missile would fly straight toward the target. Now, a tank can be detected using a small drone while remaining in concealment. The tank can be far away from you and not necessarily within your line of sight. It can maneuver behind trees, hills, or between buildings on urban streets. With the help of a drone, you can spot the tank while staying in cover, and using special goggles and a joystick, you can direct your drone straight towards the tank and damage it. You can attach a 1.5-kilogram grenade to such a drone and inflict significant damage to the tank or any armored vehicle. Moreover, you can precisely target the drone at the tank’s vulnerable spots, such as its fuel tank.

Subsequently, Russians often abandon their armored vehicles and flee. If the opportunity arises, the damaged tank can be captured as a trophy and later repaired. If it’s not possible to take it as a trophy, the tank can be destroyed using another drone. For this purpose, there are so-called “drone bombers” that can carry multiple grenades of different types. The drone bomber, releasing one or several grenades into the tank’s turret hatch, can eliminate the tank. In such a case, the destruction of the tank can cost a maximum of $1000, considering the cost of the FPV kamikaze drone and the grenades. Meanwhile, a Javelin missile costs at least $80,000, and sometimes even as much as $100,000. Furthermore, a significant advantage of FPV drones is that they can reach a tank even in challenging conditions when it is not within your line of sight. Indeed, another advantage of drones is that they can infiltrate enemy fortified bunkers through small openings.

August 3, 2023 – FPV drones have emerged as one of the most effective weapon systems in full-scale warfare, owing to their remarkable precision in striking targets. They have gained significant popularity within our ranks, largely thanks to the initiatives of proactive activists who proposed innovative solutions for the military, and the dedication of volunteers who actively raised funds to acquire these drones. While the enemy is also increasing their deployment of such drones, our soldiers demonstrate quicker decision-making and a higher level of initiative, positioning us among the leaders in this domain. In this report by Anna Kaliuzhna, you will explore how FPV drones are being effectively used against the Russians and why we have the potential to become global pioneers in this field.

00:00 – Heading to the position with our soldiers
04:08 – Attempt to target the enemy’s ammunition depot with a drone
12:17 – Most memorable targets
15:53 – Establishing a unit of assault FPV drones
18:57 – Role of activists in the war
21:44 – Russians are increasing drone production
24:44 – Current state of the Ukrainian army
31:00 – Do the military keep an eye on the political life?

August 7, 2023 – Russia’s oil wells endangered: Ukraine’s naval drones can have a disproportionate effect.

August 10, 2023 – War is an inherently human business. Much of it takes place in the mind. Shatter your enemy’s will to fight and the physical bit becomes a lot easier. Most soldiers accept the hurly burly of the battlefield. They understand the risks and have reconciled themselves to the possibility of death or injury by bullets, artillery and such like with grim pragmatism. But unseen killers – chemical weapons, booby traps, weapons that don’t play by the Queensberry rules of warfare – these eat away at a soldier’s psychological strength.  Loitering munitions in the air or at sea fit into this category of weapon. They’re deadly, but pretty cheap and basic, so easy to produce in large numbers, and able to attack psychological defences just as much as physical ones. Ukraine’s innovation of maritime drone technology hasn’t fundamentally changed the nature of warfare at sea, but has shown how the psychological dimension can be employed here too.

August 11, 2023 – In a world where high-tech military gadgets dominate the battlefield, a new innovative paper aircraft defies expectations. Cheap, expendable, and surprisingly effective, the Corvo Precision Payload Delivery System is shaping up to be an origami weapon of doom in Ukraine’s battle against Russia. A cheap and flat-packed drone made out of cardboard that can be assembled quickly and easily, despite its humble appearance, the new Australian unmanned aerial vehicle can also pack quite a punch. With a flight range of up to 75 miles, it can deliver ammunition, food, and medicine directly to the front lines, carrying payloads of up to 11 pounds.

At least, that is the benign mission being outlined for the drone publicly. In reality, the system is stealthy and versatile, able to perform reconnaissance missions, gather crucial intelligence, and even drop small explosive devices on unsuspecting enemies. Defying conventions with its economical design and surprising potency, this drone is proving that high cost and high-tech aren’t prerequisites for valuable military equipment. It demonstrates that even the most unassuming materials can be transformed into formidable weapons.

August 14, 2023 – Ukraine is pushing the boundaries of naval technology, stepping up its game in the realm of naval drones to safeguard its interests in the Black Sea. This strategy is a countermeasure against potential Russian aggression, offering real-time intelligence, surveillance, and heightened offensive capabilities. A prime example of Ukraine’s advancements is the MAGURA V5. This maritime drone, showcased at the prestigious International Defense Industry Fair in Istanbul, boasts an 18-foot hydrodynamic hull with a width of 4.9 feet, specifically designed to ensure optimal stealth and maneuverability in challenging maritime environments.

But Ukraine’s innovation doesn’t stop there. Introducing the Toloka TLK-150, a cutting-edge underwater unmanned vehicle (UUV). This remarkable drone operates just beneath the water’s surface, revealing only a minimal part of its periscope-like communications mast, making detection and interception by adversaries an intricate challenge. The brainchild of BRAVE1, the Ukrainian government’s defense technology coordination platform, this UUV is currently in its prototype phase. However, expectations are high, with production set to commence soon.

August 30, 2023 – Six Russian regions have come under what appears to be the biggest drone attack by Ukraine since the war began. Military analyst Sean Bell explains what this means for the conflict.

September 1, 2023 – Surovikin line has failed! – unstoppable Ukrainian cardboard drone swarm penetrates into Russia!

September 01, 2023 – Day 555 – First of all, more information became available about the Ukrainian strike on the Russian strategic airfield in Pskov. Last time, we confirmed the complete destruction of 2 aircraft and possible damage to 2 more, but further evaluation was complicated due to the cloudy weather. However, today, it was reported that those 5 aircraft that were previously invisible highly likely received some damage as well, increasing the number of damaged aircraft from 4 to 9. And this makes sense because even Russian initial figures after the 2nd out of 3 waves of attacks claimed that only 4 aircraft were damaged. But the biggest news is not about the inflicted damage but about how Ukrainians actually did it. As you remember, there were 3 theories: that Ukrainians launched their drones from Ukraine, of which Russian analysts were skeptical; that Ukrainians launched it through Belarus; and that Baltic states helped Ukraine to conduct this strike.

As it turned out, none of these versions are correct. Some Russian analysts also recalled how two weeks ago, Ukrainian saboteurs operating on the territory of the Russian Federation launched quadcopters from the nearby settlements and damaged 2 Russian strategic bombers Tu-22m3 on 2 different airfields. These analysts made a suggestion that maybe this drone strike was also launched from the Russian territory, but other analysts claimed that this was too crazy. The sheer scale of the strike would suggest that Ukrainians established a large-scale production of assault drones inside Russia, created launch pads, and a complicated system of surveillance and coordination, which, as they concluded, would be simply impossible to hide from the Russian Federal Security Services. Unfortunately for Russians, this is exactly what happened.

Interestingly, right after the strike, the spokesman for Ukrainian Intelligence Yuriy Butusov released a video of one of the initial tests of a new type of drone that could be assembled from simple cardboard. He also claimed that they already used these drones in a small-scale attack on the Russian airfields in Kursk on 27 August and destroyed 4 fighter jets Su-30, and 1 jet Mig-29. Given that Ukrainians are literally using paper planes with explosives, they are very easy to create and assemble and very hard to detect by radars. Judging by the video, the drones also explode above the target and cover a large area with shrapnel that is capable of penetrating fuselage, fuel tanks, badly damaging an entire aircraft¸ and easily causing a fire. Such a teaser obviously raised a lot of discussions inside the Russian media space and gave rise to speculations about the usage of these drones during the large-scale strike on Pskov.

Two days later, the Head of the Ukrainian Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov officially confirmed in an interview that the strike on Pskov was indeed launched from the territory of the Russian Federation. Simultaneously, Ukrainians released a video of the moment of the strike and destruction of one of the Russian strategic airlifters IL-76. What this means is that Ukrainians did not just launch drones based on some information but based on real-time intelligence that they were receiving via a flying drone. That is why Ukrainians could dynamically correct the trajectories, ensuring a much higher success rate. The fact that this was organized and conducted 700 km from Ukraine, deep inside Russia, is simply mindboggling. British Intelligence recently released a report about all known Ukrainian drone strikes on Crimea and Russia in 2023, and it turned out that in less than 240 days, Ukrainians conducted 190 known strikes.

Once again, this does not include those conducted near the contact line, just Crimea and Russia. And as you can also notice from the map, the reach of these drone strikes is very impressive – a lot of bases in the Moscow and Tula regions suffered over these months. And even if we just take the last month – August – based only on the confirmed destruction of Russian equipment from videos that happened on the territory of the Russian Federation, Ukrainians destroyed 1.2 billion dollars worth of equipment, which is a substantial proportion of the Russian annual military budget, and is incomparable to how little Ukrainians spent on cheap Chinese drones and lately paper planes with explosives for these strikes.

September 3, 2023 – While the Ukrainian army has demonstrated that it’s capable of fighting Russian forces on the ground, the air-war in Ukraine has always been far more asymmetric. In this episode we look at the changing nature of that war, including the emergence of behind-the-lines strikes, and the upcoming arrival of the much awaited F-16s for Ukraine’s air force.

September 3, 2023 – EMBARRASED – Russia’s impotence against Ukrainian drones leads to WW2 tactics!

September 3, 2023 – Ukraine’s Intelligence Services has revealed how they destroyed Russian planes in the Pskov region last week by having operatives inside Russia launching smaller drones close to the base. The United States has announced they will be sending AMRAAM aircraft missiles with a range of 160-180 kilometers to Ukraine. Putin also boldly declares that Russia is invincible and incapable of losing this war.

September 7, 2023 – This is the Ukrainian Self Made Kamikazi drone and works by sucking in water from a hatch and flushing out a jet of water that propels the Naval drone at a speed of 50 miles per hour. All this at a cost of $250,000 while its high-value targets are worth more than $650 million. They usually work like a wolf pack hunting its target, while they are being controlled through Starlink Video link, destroying bridges, and recently managed to penetrate an important harbor and damage two vessels.

September 10, 2023 – ABC News is reporting that the United States will soon announce they are sending ATACMS to Ukraine. Elon Musk receives criticism for his decision to secretly sabotage a Ukrainian drone boat attack on Sevastopol last October according this his biographer Walter Isaacson. Regardless of what really happened, Elon’s actions speak louder than his words over the last year and a half as Elon has never said a single critical word of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

September 16, 2023 – Day 570 – Today, there are a lot of interesting updates from the south. First of all, recently, it was confirmed that Ukrainians conducted another series of marine drone strikes on the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Russian sources reported that last evening Ukrainians targeted two more missile-launching corvettes: “Samum” and “Askold”. The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that all drones were destroyed by machine gun fire, however, shortly, local residents of Sevastopol filmed a video of how one of the warships is being tugged into the bay, so apparently, not all drones were shot down. What is even more interesting is that Ukrainians used just one drone to target this warship. Ukrainian Special Operators reported that they tested out an experimental version of the marine drone “Sea Baby”. The released footage from the drone shows how it sets out from Snake Island.

As it turned out, the attack happened when the warship was returning to the bay from patrol. Ukrainians also picked this time because the weather should have deteriorated by that time, and the waves reached up to 2 meters. The experimental drone showed an exceptional capability to operate in stormy weather, which now gives Ukrainians a tactical advantage, as high waves conceal the drone and do not allow Russians to identify and destroy it easily. That is why it took only one drone to hit the ship. The drone exploded near the stern of the ship, inflicting substantial damage, and the ship lost the ability to move, and started drifting. As can be seen from the footage, the ship also had a significant trim by stern and roll to starboard. Unfortunately for Russians, the boat cannot be repaired in Sevastopol because prior to launching attacks on the Russian Fleet, Ukrainians targeted the only repair facilities in Sevastopol.

In total, over the last 4 days, Ukrainians attacked the Russian boat “Tunets”, the submarine “Rostov na Donu”, the assault landing ship “Misk”, and 4 missile-launching ships: “Vasiliy Bykov”, “Sergey Kotov”, “Samum”, and “Askold”. 2 of them managed to get away intact, 2 more were noticeably damaged, and 3 more destroyed. According to Forbes, the total worth of destroyed Russian equipment exceeds 34 billion dollars, and over the last few days, Ukrainians added to that at least 2 more billion, which is a clear testament to the success of the operations conducted in the Black Sea. By the way, today, it was confirmed that the United States provided Ukraine with 3D printers that are capable of maintaining a large-scale production of various details, including those used for building the new generation of marine kamikaze drones.

The Ukrainian Minister of Innovation and Technologies announced that from now on, Ukrainians will be able to attack the Russian Black Sea Fleet with higher frequency and more potency. As he succinctly said, I guarantee that there will be more drones, more attacks, and fewer Russian ships. When he was asked about the estimates, he said by the end of this year, the number of drone attacks will increase by 120 to 140 times compared to the previous year. The minister said that they are working on implementing artificial intelligence into drones so that in case of losing signal, the drones are able to identify and destroy the target themselves. The Head of the Foundation “Return Alive” recently gave an interview and commented on the recent drone strikes.

He said that the Russian invasion triggered an urgent development of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex, and now Ukrainians have several competing firms that produce various types of kamikaze drones. He said that they are constantly developing new tactics that leverage the strengths of the vessel and try to eliminate any shortcomings. He said that right now, the biggest shortcoming is that drones are not hard to destroy if they are detected in a timely manner. And while the ships may have some troubles, especially in less-than-perfect weather conditions, helicopters destroy such drones with ease. Right now, Ukrainians are working on developing a new generation of drones that can deploy smokescreens and other methods for complicating aiming for the enemy, and in prospect, the drones will have weapons as well that can target the ships from a distance and return to the base.