Sunday, August 6, 2023

Behind UKRaine’s Deadly Drones; RUssian Counter-Attacks at Staromaiorske and Around Bakhmut Fail; UKR Destroys 14 Enemy Artillery Units, 4 E-Warfare Systems; UKR’s Air Defense Units Destroy 23 RU Shahed Drones Overnight, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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WSJ: Behind Ukraine’s Deadly Drones: Putin’s Invasion and Biden’s Limits:
Kyiv helped robot-aircraft makers boost range and punch after U.S. vetoed use of weapons to hit Russia
Ukraine’s ability to strike the same Moscow office building twice this week shows how far its homegrown drone industry has progressed in response to Russia’s full-scale invasion.
After the U.S. and other Western allies put conditions on the supply of advanced weaponry—including long-range missiles and attack drones—preventing Kyiv from using their arms to target Russian territory, the Ukrainians resolved to establish their own deep-strike capabilities.
The result: Ukraine has rapidly developed new systems and tactics over the past year, making it among the world’s foremost practitioners of drone warfare, in turn presenting Russia with an unexpected and unprecedented threat to its homeland.
“The Ukrainian defense industry is learning and adapting very quickly,” said Samuel Bendett, an expert on unmanned aerial vehicles at the Center for Naval Analyses, a federally funded research organization in Arlington, Va.
Ukraine hasn’t confirmed or denied that it was behind a spate of recent hits by drones on Moscow and other locations in Russia, though President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russians seeing the war on their own soil was “inevitable, natural and absolutely fair.”
Oleksiy Danilov, the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, when asked Monday about the Moscow strikes, said the conflict is “a war of symbols” and so “everything related to Moscow” is fair game.
Referring to Ukraine’s domestic drone production, he added: “We won’t be asking anyone how to use the weapons we produce in our country to destroy the aggressor where we see fit.”
Bendett at CNA estimated that Kyiv has begun or will soon be producing at least six different types of long-range suicide drones and that recent strikes may be probing Russian air defenses in preparation for a mass-scale attack involving dozens of drones that would converge on the city from several directions and at different altitudes.
Following Tuesday’s attack in Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged the threat posed by Ukrainian drones. “It is obvious. Appropriate measures are under way,” he said in comments published by Russian state news agency TASS.
Uncrewed aerial vehicles managed to reach the Russian capital’s business district on Sunday and then again on Tuesday. Open-source intelligence analysts said they were, or resembled, long-range drones that Ukraine’s military-intelligence directorate had developed over recent months, known as Bober, or beaver drones. --->READ MORE HERE
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General Staff: Russian counter-attacks at Staromaiorske and around Bakhmut fail:
Russian forces made unsuccessful attempts to regain lost positions west of Staromaiorske on Aug. 2, according to the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces.
Ukraine liberated the village of Staromaiorske in Donetsk Oblast on July 27. The village is located near a group of settlements in the southeast of Ukraine that Ukraine liberated in early June at the beginning of its counteroffensive.
The General Staff reported that more than 10 settlements in Donetsk Oblast were hit by artillery fire over the past day.
The update noted that Russian forces were also unsuccessful in the Bakhmut direction, where the Russian military had been trying to restore positions lost to Ukrainian troops near Klishchiivka, Andriivka, and Kurdyumivka.
Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said on Aug. 1. that Russia is concentrating its forces along the eastern front line, namely in the Kupiansk, Lyman, and Svatove directions, trying to pull Ukrainian forces away from Bakhmut and stop their advance in that area.
On the southern front in Zaporizhzhia, the General Staff stated that Russian troops are also focusing on stopping the Ukrainian advance.
Over the past day, 33 combat clashes were recorded, and Russia launched five missile strikes and 86 air strikes on both civilian and military targets, according to the Ukrainian military. --->READ MORE HERE
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