As the War Grinds On, Ukraine’s Drone Arsenal Is Being Depleted
The Russian military claims it has destroyed 1,600 Ukrainian military drones since the beginning of the Russo-Ukrainian War.
“In all, the following targets have been destroyed since the beginning of the special military operation: 260 aircraft, 144 helicopters, 1,600 unmanned aerial vehicles, 357 surface-to-air missile systems, 4,146 tanks and other combat armored vehicles, 763 multiple rocket launchers, 3,185 field artillery guns and mortars and 4,453 special military motor vehicles,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said during a briefing on Saturday, according to Russian state-run news outlet TASS.
As with many of the battlefield claims being made by both sides, the Russian military’s estimates of Ukrainian equipment losses have not been independently corroborated.
Ukrainian forces reportedly made extensive use of combat drones in the early stages of the war, setting up ambushes to destroy Russian heavy armor in the forested areas of northwestern Ukraine….