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Strategic Strikes in the Black Sea: Ukraine's Drone Attack and Russia's Allegations




In the latest developments from the conflict zone, Ukraine has asserted its use of sea drones to incapacitate a Russian warship in the Black Sea, marking a significant maneuver in the ongoing hostilities. Concurrently, Russian authorities contend that a military transport plane was downed last month by Patriot missiles, purportedly launched by Kyiv. The incident underscores the intensifying maritime and aerial confrontations that are shaping the strategic landscape of the conflict.


Ukraine's military intelligence showcased a video allegedly capturing the moment naval drones targeted the Russian missile-armed corvette Ivanovets, leading to its sinking. The operation, as claimed by Ukraine, took place in Lake Donuzlav, a strategic location linked to the Black Sea, highlighting the innovative use of unmanned systems in warfare.

On the other side, Russia's narrative brings to light the downing of an Il-76 transport plane, allegedly by U.S.-made Patriot missiles, emphasizing the lethal exchange of high-tech weaponry between the conflicting sides. This incident reportedly resulted in significant casualties, including Ukrainian prisoners of war and Russian servicemen, accentuating the tragic human cost of the conflict.


The ongoing exchanges between Ukrainian and Russian forces, especially in the maritime domain, have strategic implications for naval operations and the safety of commercial shipping in the Black Sea. Ukraine's adoption of unmanned weaponry and Russia's allegations of advanced missile engagement reflect a complex battlefield where technological superiority and strategic ingenuity are critical.


Amidst these developments, discussions around military strategy, international support, and the potential for escalation continue to dominate the conversation, underscoring the dynamic and unpredictable nature of modern warfare.

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Unknown member
Feb 04

I wouldn’t make too much of the impact of drones on warfare yet. Clearly their importance was underestimated resulting in no one spending much time working on counter measures before this war.. I bet ever major army in the world is currently working on both changes in doctrine and coming up with effective counter measures. How long will it be before we see “fighter” drones armed with air combat weapons circling above armor columns whenever they are on the move. Or perhaps close in weapons systems firing what amounts to buckshot to take out fpv drones as they make their final approach. Every new type of weapon has an advantage until doctrine and equipment catch up.

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Unknown member
Feb 03

My favorite anti-drone weapon was the Ukrainian babushka who took out a russian drone outside the window of her apartment. Her ammunition was, of course, a jar of home-canned tomatoes.

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Feb 03

On youtube there have been a couple videos claiming to show Ukrainian drone knocking down russian drones.

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Unknown member
Feb 02

Drones have rendered tanks to the ash heap of military history. They are nothing but expensive exploding coffins.

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Feb 03
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I'll miss the russian turrets that get launched toward space.

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Feb 02

Asymmetric warfare will be unrecognizably different soon.


Will drone boats render large Navies obsolete? Even inexpensive gun boats cost orders of magnitude more than drone boats (and soon, drone U-boats) so even if 90% of drones fail they are cost effective. (We have to also factor in the cost losing highly trained crews - further tipping the arithmetic toward drones). Drones are even more cost-effective than cruise missiles.


Taiwan could invest in a massive fleet of such drones for less than the cost of upgrading a chip factory and render invasion so costly to China that it effectively prohibits it. One day, having an army, navy and airforce of drones may be more of a deterrent than having nuclear weapo…


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