“This is how the Mavic is kidnapped,” a man said in Russian, referring to the Mavic drone, which both sides in the Ukrainian conflict use for reconnaissance.
“Yes, that’s it, loser, loser,” a frustrated Russian soldier replied, visibly in the video posted on YouTube and message boards, fiddling with the joystick connected to a smartphone.
Finally he gives up. The Ukrainians have captured the drone, possibly using it to locate the Russians.
One of the Russians said, “Gentlemen, I suggest we start out of here in top speed mode.”
The scene, which was shown on Russian television, is now a viral video online promoted by Ukrainian outlets – one of the many ways Kyiv is promoting its story of a emaciated underdog bringing down a misfit invader.
Battle of letters
The The war in Ukraine It offers some revealing lessons about the future of combat, but perhaps the most important one is that information is king. The damage and losses to the two armies were devastating, but the course of the war was dictated by the novel – and who owns it.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Use social media to present his case to get help from NATO and the United States. Ukraine’s early success helped defend Kyiv by demonstrating the results of Western arms and intelligence support. In the months that followed, the Ukrainian defenders scored a series of notable victories by flooding Moskva, retaking Snake Island, and destroying Russian ammunition dumps and command centers. Although it is not decisive on the ground, it is gaining constant enthusiasm for the war efforts in Europe and the United States.
The Russian military inadvertently helped Ukraine control the novel. Moscow’s propaganda propaganda failed to counteract real-time updates from Ukrainian forces in the field, even though Russia was gaining ground across eastern and southern Ukraine.
Ukraine will need more media victories to keep military and economic aid flowing this winter when temperatures drop and high energy prices begin to fall. It seems that leaders in Berlin and Ottawa are already beginning to retreat, and between their control of grain shipments and gas supplies, Russia has more than just its boots on the ground in Ukraine. By pressuring the world’s access to energy and food, Vladimir Putin could persuade NATO allies to begin throttling their arms shipments to Ukraine.
Conditions along the front lines will also deteriorate this winter, potentially leading to a frozen conflict both literally and figuratively. Putin has already announced his intention to increase the size of the Russian army by 137,000 for another offensive, likely to begin in the spring. Every now and then the Ukrainian forces need to regain the advantage and start pushing the Russian forces back or they will never regain the lands they lost in Donbass and southern Ukraine.
Grab the cache of weapons
We expect the leaders of Ukraine Battle intensified of the combo in the coming months to spur shipments of more advanced Western weapons such as the MQ-1 Gray Eagle drones, AGM-88 guidance missiles, and long-range missiles such as the US ATACMS.
Ukrainian forces will need the range and accuracy of these weapons to go beyond simply disrupting Russian logistics and command and control and start pushing Moscow’s forces back toward Russia’s borders.
Ukraine will need advanced weapons to fight Russia just as much as NATO does, but the path to obtaining them clearly does not pass through the gleaming conference halls of Brussels. Instead, the way Ukraine will get the support it needs to turn the stalemate into victory goes through Twitter and TikTok, the weapons of today’s information battlefield.
Brian Clark is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and director of the Hudson Center for Defense Concepts and Technology.