Ukraine's New Strategy: Sky-High Ambitions with Long-Range Drones

Written by Henrik Rothen

Apr.05 - 2024 8:17 PM CET

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Sky-High Ambitions with Long-Range Drones.

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Ukraine is stepping up its game in the ongoing conflict by significantly enhancing its drone capabilities, signaling a strategic shift in its approach to combat operations against Russia.

According to insider information reported by Kyiv Post, the recent drone strikes on Russian oil refineries and military-relevant buildings are just the tip of the iceberg.

A Glimpse into the Future

An informed source revealed to the German newspaper Bild that Ukraine plans to expand its drone arsenal with models capable of reaching targets up to 2,000 kilometers away. T

his move aims to offset the shortage of missiles. "Rockets are a thing of the past. Drones are the future," the source stated, underlining a significant pivot in warfare strategy.

Pushing the Boundaries

The development of the Sokol-3000 UAV drone, capable of flying over 3,000 kilometers, is underway.

This advancement means Ukraine could potentially target locations as far off as Murmansk, home to over 80 military bases, marking a significant escalation in the geographic scope of the conflict.

However, this aggressive strategy raises concerns among some NATO countries about the potential for escalation and the risk of destabilizing the global energy market through attacks on oil refineries.

Recent Successes and Strategic Moves

Ukraine's drone attacks have not only been ambitious in scope but also successful in execution, hitting multiple targets across various Russian regions, including a significant strike on a military airbase in Rostov that destroyed several Russian fighter jets.

"The operation is important for reducing Russian military potential," a Ukrainian insider told CNN, highlighting the strategic importance of these attacks.

Moreover, the sighting of drones over regions like Kursk, Saratov, Belgorod, and Krasnodar showcases the widespread nature of Ukraine’s drone operations.

Preparing for the Future

In a parallel development, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has lowered the recruitment age from 27 to 25, signaling a readiness to bolster military ranks in anticipation of continued or intensified conflict.

"If there are enough arguments to mobilize 25-year-olds, and this is really something we have to do, then I agree with it," Zelenskyj has stated, reflecting the serious stance Ukraine is taking in the face of potential Russian offensives.

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