Kremlin insists on maximum demands for peace with Ukraine

Ukrainian drones are increasingly losing their effectiveness in the Donbass

According to analysts, the use of Ukrainian drones in eastern Ukraine has decreased because Russia is now operating a more effective air defense system. This is reported by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) with reference to the magazine “Foreign Policy”, which in turn quotes anonymous Ukrainian government sources. The Russian military has recently massively expanded its air defenses in order to better protect its artillery at the front. As a result, Ukrainian drones are increasingly being shot down.

AIn response, the Ukrainian military is now limiting its drone activity in the Donbass to 20 to 30 flights a day, writes the ISW. According to the US think tank, this will help the Russian army to advance more easily in the Donbass, for example near the city of Lysychansk, where the front has been shifted by five kilometers since Wednesday, according to Governor Serhiy Hajday. In other parts of the country, Ukrainian drones remain more active because, according to the ISW, Russia is concentrating on the Donbass when it comes to countering drones.

Since the outbreak of war, the Ukrainian side has been making extensive use of drones from various manufacturers, including those from Germany. But the unmanned, remote-controlled flying objects are expensive. Each shot down is therefore a great loss for the Ukrainian army. To compensate for this, Ukraine is also dependent on foreign support.

US President Joe Biden announced in early June that he would deliver four MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine. Each of them can carry eight rockets, the drones are particularly precise and can stay in the air for 24 hours. But training to operate these drones usually takes several months. (John Bauer)

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