Ukrainians have donated over ₴100 million to combat drone fundraiser in one day
The Come Back Alive NGO, monobank, and UNITED24 fundraising platform are actively raising funds to purchase 10,000 kamikaze drones for the Ukrainian army.
Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov announced that on the first day alone, they managed to raise almost half of the ₴235 million (over $6 million), Rubryka reports.
"Ukrainians donated over ₴108 million for FPV drones in one day — an incredible result. True Ukrainian unity," the government official said in the post. "Thank you to everyone who helps the Defense Forces of Ukraine. We are moving forward"
On Monday, August 14, the Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, announced the opening of a new fundraising campaign for 10,000 kamikaze drones, stressing how vital FPV drones are for the Ukrainian military.
"It is these drones that are needed at the front right now. They are the ones that change the course of events," said the digital minister.
According to the minister, FPV drones will be purchased abroad and equipped in Ukraine with combat parts for ₴57 million. Everyone who makes a contribution has a chance to receive a mono platinum card, a chance to meet with UNITED24 ambassadors, and military artifacts from Come Back Alive.
The fundraising platform stressed that this was the first campaign during the war where United24, Come Back Alive, and monobank participated together.
The Ukrainian military increasingly uses FPV drones on the front, so many have begun to manufacture such devices and teach people how to assemble and operate them. These drones are controlled through special glasses with a first-person view. The acronym FPV: First Person View speaks for itself.
These drones can carry up to 1.5 kg of explosives at a distance of up to 8 kilometers without a repeater. With a useful weight, the drone develops a speed of up to 60 kilometers per hour. Such quadcopters can destroy light equipment and manpower without endangering the Ukrainian military.
Rubryka reported that the 10th model of the FPV drone has already been officially put into operation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
A project to produce kamikaze drones for the Armed Forces was also launched in the Donetsk region.