How the use of kamikaze drones marks Russia’s strategy shift in Ukraine

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The use of kamikaze drones in Ukraine marks a shift in Russia’s strategy in Ukraine. Moscow is seeking short, devastating and coordinated attacks to break the country’s resistance and target its weak points.

Author: Gabriella Mazzeo

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Russia attacked Kiev with almost 30 “kamikaze” drones on Monday morning killing at least 4 people, including a pregnant woman. Just a few days earlier, Russian leader Vladimir Putin had declared that there would be no more massive attacks on civilian infrastructure following the bombing of Kiev following the explosion on the bridge between Crimea and Russia. Moscow’s new strategy has led Ukraine to ask the West for armaments to defend the country’s skies and avoid devastating attacks from above.

According to Western intelligence, it was Iran that supplied the kamikaze drones to Russia, which, however, denies any involvement. The objective, according to the Guardian, is to perform faster and more destructive attacks avoid direct confrontation between soldiers as much as possible.

In fact, the Russian armed forces are exhausted by months of fighting: according to Western intelligence, the Kremlin is dealing with unprepared soldiers and the few resources available to continue the war. Not even partial mobilization managed to change the war’s fate: despite massive recruitments across Russia, it will be time before the military can enter the field.

At the moment, Moscow is using the Shahed-136 and 131 drones. The 136 have an operational range of 1,000 km and collide with the target, detonating deadly explosive charges. There are around 2,400 drones that Russia reportedly bought from Iran according to reports from Kiev authorities. The weapons were first used after the bombing of Kiev after the explosion of the bridge between Russia and Crimea.

The massive use of drones allows Russia to target both civilian and “critical” infrastructure such as sunflower oil tanks. Two containers were hit at the terminal Mykolaiv which manages 17% of the world’s supply. According to the Ukrainian authorities, this is a way of terrorizing the population and weakening the resistance of the occupied country on several fronts. Kamikaze drones would allow Moscow to touch Ukraine’s economy, the security of its population and important military and strategic objectives such as electrical infrastructure or rail networks with a few coordinated attacks.

Source: Fan Page IT