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Ukraine War Drones Lose Pivotal Role As Artillery Rules

International Business Times

The Ukrainian army's astute use of drones has been a cornerstone of its defence against the powerful Russian invader, but experts say their role is beginning to fade as heavy artillery takes over. In the early phase of the war, Ukraine's sky seemed filled with the remote-controlled aircraft deployed by President Volodymyr Zelensky's army to spy on the enemy, or go on the attack. During Moscow's early advance on Kyiv "it would have been extremely challenging for Ukraine to block (Russian President Vladimir) Putin's army without drones", said Paul Lushenko, a US Army Lieutenant Colonel and PhD student at Cornell University. "They could compound or exacerbate Putin's strategic and logistical challenges," he told AFP. The Turkish-made Bayraktar drone, known as TB-2, already famous worldwide, added to its stellar reputation during the defence of Ukraine's capital. On top of providing intelligence on Russian movements, drones also helped Ukraine offset much of its air force's weakness compared to that of Russia.

Drone Video Shows Ukrainian Warship Narrowly Escaping Russian Artillery Barrage (Watch)

International Business Times

A stunning drone video has emerged showing a Ukrainian warship narrowly escaping a massive Russian artillery fire, some of which lands as close as 200 feet. The footage, allegedly captured by a shooting spotter drone, shows the Ukrainian vessel Yuri Olefirenko, a Polnochny-class landing ship, coming under Russian attack as it sails along the Bugsko-Dneprovsko-Limansky Canal near the port of Ochakov in Mykolaiv region. According to defense analysts, the incident happened on June 3. The warship appears to be heading to Odessa when invaders rain down missiles on it. The artillery attack covers almost the entire area around the ship, some weapons falling dangerously close to the vessel.

Russia Probably Has Not Used AI-Enabled Weapons in Ukraine, but That Could Change


In March, WIRED ran a story with the headline "Russia's Killer Drone in Ukraine Raises Fears About AI in Warfare," with the subtitle, "The maker of the lethal drone claims that it can identify targets using artificial intelligence." The story focused on the KUB-BLA, a small kamikaze drone aircraft that smashes itself into enemy targets and detonates an onboard explosive. The KUB-BLA is made by ZALA Aero, a subsidiary of the Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov (best known as the maker of the AK-47), which itself is partly owned by Rostec, a part of Russia's government-owned defense-industrial complex. The WIRED story understandably attracted a lot of attention, but those who only read the sensational headline missed the article's critical caveat: "It is unclear if the drone may have been operated in this [an AI-enabled autonomous] way in Ukraine." Other outlets re-reported the WIRED story, but irresponsibly did so without the caveat.

Russia looks to reinforce troops on Snake Island, officials warn it could 'dominate' western Black Sea

FOX News

Fox News correspondent Chad Pergram has the latest on the Biden admin's response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict on'Special Report.' Fighting continues over Ukraine's Zmiinyi Island, also known as Snake Island, as Russia looks to reinforce its troops on the small body of land located just off the southwest Ukrainian coastline in the Black Sea, officials warned Wednesday. The island became a symbol of Ukraine's resistance immediately following Russia's invasion in late February after Ukrainian soldiers famously stood up to a Russian warship. The United Kingdom's defense ministry warned that Russia is "repeatedly trying to reinforce its exposed garrison" located on the island. Snake Island, though tiny, has proven strategically important in Ukraine's war against Russia as it is located roughly 30 miles from Ukraine's most southern region.

Ukraine says drone destroyed Russian landing ship near Snake Island

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Ukraine's defense ministry on Saturday claimed it had sunk a Russian Serna-class landing boat off of the now-famous Snake Island which has stood as a symbol of resistance since the beginning of the war. Undated video footage posted to social media appears to show an airstrike hitting a landing vessel that had soldiers on board. Spokesman for the Odesa Regional Military Administration, Serhii Bratchuk, told Ukrainian news outlet Pravda that Zmiinyi Island โ€“ also known as Snake Island โ€“ has become "a symbol of our rock-hard endurance and our ability to shatter the enemy's most persistent efforts."

Small Drones Are Giving Ukraine an Unprecedented Edge


In the snowy streets of the north Ukrainian town of Trostyanets, the Russian missile system fires rockets every second. Tanks and military vehicles are parked on either side of the blasting artillery system, positioned among houses and near the town's railway system. The weapon is not working alone, though. Hovering tens of meters above it and recording the assault is a Ukrainian drone. The drone isn't a sophisticated military system, but a small, commercial machine that anyone can buy.

Chinese Drone Giant DJI Suspends Business in Russia, Ukraine WSJD - Technology

HONG KONG--China's SZ DJI Technology Co., the world's largest maker of consumer drones, said it is suspending business activities in Ukraine and Russia pending a compliance review. The disclosure by the Shenzhen-based company follows complaints from Ukrainian officials of technical glitches in its products that they said appeared to aid Russia's military activities in the country. DJI has said that it never tampered with its products and that it was trying to fix the malfunction problems.

As diplomacy hopes dim, U.S. marshals allies to furnish long-term military aid to Ukraine

The Japan Times

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany โ€“ The United States marshaled 40 allies on Tuesday to furnish Ukraine with long-term military aid in what could become a protracted battle against the Russian invasion, and Germany said it would send dozens of armored anti-aircraft vehicles. It was a major policy shift for a country that had wavered over fear of provoking Russia. The announcement by Germany, Europe's biggest economy and one of Russia's most important Western trading partners, was among many signals on Tuesday pointing to further escalation in the war and disappointment for diplomacy. Germany's shift on weapons also was seen as a strong affirmation of a toughened message by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, which has said it wants to see Russia not only defeated in Ukraine but seriously weakened from the conflict that Russian President Vladimir Putin began two months ago. The increasing flow of Western weapons into Ukraine -- including howitzers, armed drones, tanks and ammunition -- also amounted to another sign that a war Putin had expected would divide his Western adversaries had instead drawn them much closer together.

Elon Musk's Starlink satellite dishes CAN'T be camouflaged from Russian military attacks: experts

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Ukrainian users of SpaceX's satellite internet network could be making themselves the targets of Russian military attacks, due to the distinctive appearance of the company's dishes, cybersecurity experts have warned. SpaceX's chief executive Elon Musk has been shipping thousands of Starlink terminals and powerful batteries to Ukraine, to help the country stay connected during its war with Russia. As well as providing internet to some of the country's stricken cities, the Ukrainian army has reportedly been making very successful use of Starlink for drone attacks on Russian tanks and positions. However, even Musk has acknowledged that the distinctive appearance of the Starlink terminals could make them targets in Russian airstrikes, and urged users to'place light camouflage over antenna to avoid visual detection'. Now experts have rubbished this suggestion, claiming that the terminals cannot be camouflaged because they need to have an obstructed view of the sky to connect to satellites.

'Your World' on Ukraine war, China's Russian dilemma

FOX News

John Herbst expresses offense at American reluctance to provide MiGs to Ukraine on'Your World.' This is a rush transcript from "Your World," March 18, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. NEIL CAVUTO, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: All right, Vladimir Putin defending his invasion of Ukraine and maybe wincing at all the global notoriety the Ukrainian president is getting, when he never leaves Ukraine, talking to one major legislative body after another of the greatest powers on Earth, as Vladimir Putin tries to explain to a packed crowd in a Moscow stadium that he means no harm, that he is doing good, that he is fighting the good fight, even as that good fight is turning awfully deadly and getting awfully close to a NATO country. In Lviv today, in the western part of the country, a mere 40 miles from the Polish border, the missiles were flying and people were dying. MIKE TOBIN, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Well, Neil, as you mentioned, for the first time, the -- first time in several days, the relative peace of the western part of the country was shattered, as cruise missiles rained down here perilously close to NATO's eastern flank. What they were after was the Lviv state aircraft repair. What that facility does is customize MiG-29s, so they can be used by the Ukrainian air force. Maxim Kozytskyy, the regional administrator of Lviv says the airstrikes were launched from long-range bombers over the Black Sea. Six of the missiles were launched. Four of them got through. Two of them were intercepted by Ukrainian air defenses. The Ukrainian air force says one of the reasons the cruisers was way able to get through is because they flew so low. They are the Russian X-55s, with a price tag of about a million apiece. South of here, the town of Mariupol, the situation is quite desperate. You know that theater that was being used as a bomb shelter took a direct hit from a Russian aircraft.