13:59 19 Apr 2024

Solutions to win: Ukrainian engineers develop long-range drone capable of flying to Siberia

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Specialists from Ukraine have developed a drone capable of easily flying to Russian Siberia. The drone has a flight range of 3000 km.

The Economist reports this.

According to the publication, Ukraine has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in long-range drones capable of searching for and hitting distant targets.

The latest and one of the best new drone models has a range of 3,000 km and is capable of reaching Siberia.

As the publication notes, the successes of Ukraine in the defense industry are quite irritating to the USA, which insists on stopping the attacks on Russian refineries.

"Born out of necessity – the West is reluctant to provide Ukraine with long-range weapons – this program has undermined a significant part of Russia's oil and military infrastructure. But the White House is not satisfied. It is pushing the Ukrainians to stop the strikes," the article says.

Both the likely increase in oil prices and the possible increase in the rates of war caused concern in the United States.

However, despite Western fears, an informed source in The Economist predicted an expansion of Ukraine's drone program in the coming months.

One long-range drone maker says not all US officials are in favor of the ban and are actually playing to the public when they call for an end to the strikes.

Currently, Ukraine is ignoring American advice to stop the strikes. "Detective," the intelligence officer in charge of part of the program, says he received no instructions to wind down operations. Yes, there was a shift away from targeting oil infrastructure last week, but this is likely to be temporary.

"Our goals change every day. We don't give the Russians peace," he said.

However, despite Western fears, an informed source in The Economist predicted an expansion of Ukraine's drone program in the coming months.

"Russia is burning Ukrainian land. It's time to do the same with European Russia," the publication's source emphasized.

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Since the start of 2024, Ukraine has been consistently targeting strategic sites within Russian territory. These strikes, carried out by mysterious long-range weapons, have hit at least 15 Russian oil refineries, fighter jets in Engels, and several military factories with remarkable precision. Despite these actions, Ukrainian officials have not publicly revealed the drone, its capabilities, or its manufacturer.

It's worth mentioning that President Volodymyr Zelensky attended the unveiling of a new weapon capable of striking targets at a distance of over 100 kilometers.

As a reminder, modernized Ukrainian naval drones can now deliver almost a ton of explosives over 1,000 kilometers.

It was also reported that Ukraine's Security Service maritime drones have no analogs in the West and are invisible to enemy detection systems. At the moment, the Security Service is armed with Sea Baby and "Mamay" sea drones.

Strikes on Russian refineries and the US position

Lately, there has been a rise in explosions at oil refineries in Russia. Many Russians have been expressing concern over drone attacks.

Ukrainian defenders are responsible for these strikes. They have already launched attacks on refineries in multiple regions, including Tatarstan, which is located over a thousand kilometers away from the Ukrainian border.

In addition, the Financial Times recently reported that the United States called on Ukraine to stop attacks on Russian refineries. Washington is worried about a possible increase in gasoline prices in a presidential election year, which could affect President Joe Biden's ratings.

At the end of March, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the United States did not react positively to the strikes on Russian refineries. However, the White House cannot limit Ukraine's use of weapons of its own production.

Later, on April 9, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said such attacks could affect global energy. He also advised Ukraine to focus on other goals. At the same time, Austin's assistant Celeste Wallander directly called Russian refineries "civilian targets."

As stated by Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President, Ukraine will continue to destroy Russian oil refineries. This is because the Ukrainian military is tasked with attacking targets that support the ongoing war.

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