13:59 02 Apr 2024

Ukraine uses AI-powered drones to strike Russia's oil refineries – CNN

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The unmanned aerial vehicles, which Ukraine uses to attack Russian oil refineries, are equipped with artificial intelligence, which ensures the accuracy of strikes.

CNN reports this, citing its sources.

According to the article, Ukrainian drones have onboard computers containing satellite and terrain data.

CNN's source notes that the flights are determined in advance with Ukrainian allies, and the drones follow a flight plan "so they can hit targets with a precision of up to a meter."

"They have this thing called "machine vision," which is a type of artificial intelligence. Basically, you take a model, place it on a chip, and train it to determine the terrain and destination it needs to navigate," the analyst at the Royal United Services Institute in Great Britain, Noah Sylvia, said.

Experts interviewed by CNN journalists note that Ukraine is striking precisely at the distillation units responsible for oil processing. The publication notes that this helps Kyiv inflict more damage on Russia than just random strikes on refineries.

According to Hromadske, the oil refining complex "Taneko" in Nizhnekamsk, located in the Republic of Tatarstan, was attacked by drones on April 2. This was a coordinated operation between the Security Service of Ukraine and the Main Directorate of Intelligence.

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Thus, on the morning of March 16, two oil enterprises were simultaneously attacked by strike drones in the Samara region of Russia. The drones targeted the Syzran Refinery and the Novokuibyshevsk Refinery.

On the night of March 15, Ukrainian drones attacked the petrochemical enterprise "First Plant" in the Kaluga region of the Russian Federation, which is engaged in oil processing. Ukraine's intelligence conducted the operation.

On the night of March 13, several drones attacked various areas of Russia, including Voronezh, Kursk, Belgorod, Bryansk, Leningrad, and Lipetsk regions. The oil plant in Ryazan was also targeted, causing a significant fire to break out.

It is worth adding that the Security Service of Ukraine attacked three oil refineries in Russia with drones: Ryazan, Kstovo of the Nizhny Novgorod region, and Kirishi of the Leningrad region.

On March 12, drones struck the territory of the Russian Federation: oil depots were hit in Oryol and Nizhnygorod, where large-scale fires broke out; explosions were heard in the Moscow region, Kursk, Belgorod, Voronezh, and Tula regions.

In addition, the Main Directorate of Intelligence stated that similar attacks by strike drones, as occurred on the night of March 12, could be subjected to all objects that the Russian Federation uses for military purposes.

Also, on March 6, as a result of a drone attack in the Voronezh region of the Russian Federation, explosions rang out. Moreover, strike drones hit a warehouse of fuel and lubricants in the Kursk region.

In addition, on February 15, drones attacked an oil depot located in the Kursk region of the Russian Federation: after that, a fire broke out, and Ukraine was blamed for the attack.



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