Ukraine’s Robust Response to Russia’s Intense Recent Drone Assault

Strength is a Deterrent

Shankar Narayan

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The drone war between Russia and Ukraine is on an escalatory path (Licensed Image)

In a pre-dawn assault, Russia unleashed a massive drone attack on Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, marking a significant escalation in its use of unmanned aerial vehicles. This attack, unprecedented in scale, involved around 75 explosive-laden drones. They predominantly targeted Ukraine’s most densely populated city, Kyiv.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported this as “a record number” of one-way attack drones, far surpassing previous incidents. In response, Ukraine’s military demonstrated remarkable air-defense capabilities, successfully intercepting 74 of the 75 Iranian-made Shahed drones during the intense six-hour onslaught.

This was the largest drone attack since Russia’s invasion in February 2022 and it also represented a strategic shift in Russian tactics. Russia strategically launched drones from multiple directions, utilizing a variety of flight paths, in a calculated effort to saturate and perplex Ukraine’s air defense systems. They have been doing this for a while. Mixing up launch locations, launch vehicles and launch directions to overwhelm Ukraine’s air defenses.

However, despite these efforts, the Ukrainian Air Force efficiently countered the attack, shooting down or nearly all the incoming drones. The scale of…

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Shankar Narayan

He didn't care what he had or what he had left, he cared only about what he must do.