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Ukrainian drones are a terrorist threat to Donetsk and Lugansk

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Innovative terror


A drone strike on a tank farm in the Kirovsky district of Donetsk on September 11, during which about 1,3 thousand liters of fuel burned out in a tank damaged by ammunition, as well as an attack by a Ukrainian UAV in early April this year on civilians in the village. Aleksandrovskoe near Yenakiyevo (DPR), during which a 5-year-old child died and a woman was injured, and many other episodes prove that the Ukrainian military seriously intends to use drones not only for reconnaissance, adjusting fire and attacks on personnel, but also for terror.

It is not known for certain what exactly the republics' air defenses are armed with (it is only known that from time to time it is possible to land enemy drones), however, the rather high statistics of losses on the front line associated with UAV attacks, and the general situation with a shortage of personnel suggest that the cities of the unrecognized republics are defenseless before the strikes of Ukrainian drones.

If only such a decision is made, at any moment Kiev can implement a strategy of mass terror - targeted strikes on infrastructure facilities, and maybe on crowds of people. Moreover, unlike the use of artillery, when it is easy to understand who fired from where, it is almost impossible to track who exactly controlled the drone. Which, of course, provides a rich ground for speculation.

Arsenal of assassination


The Ukrainian Armed Forces has a fairly serious arsenal of drones and is constantly increasing it.

Today, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have 12 Turkish drones "Bayraktar" (two complexes), for which there are six mobile control stations and auxiliary equipment. Next year Kiev plans to purchase four more similar complexes. Also, Ukraine plans to expand the production of its own drones. Obviously, we are talking about light reconnaissance "MP-1 Spectator", "PD-1" and "Leleka-100".

Over the past three years, the Ukrainian arsenal has been replenished with more than 210 UAVs.

In addition to specialized drones, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been increasingly using improvised attack drones since 2018. In fact, these are ordinary, "household" quadrocopters and drones, to which the Ukrainian military attach ammunition. As a rule, we are talking either about home-made grenades with plastic explosives, the body of which is printed on a 3-D printer, and metal striking elements, or about VOG-17, sometimes an 82-mm mortar mine.

Recently, the defenders of Donbass have also adopted this practice, however, unlike the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which annually receive dozens, if not hundreds, of drones, thanks to the support of volunteer movements and the diaspora, the soldiers of the People's Militia have extremely limited resources, and the number of volunteers and organizations, helping fighters on the front line is steadily declining. Largely due to the policy of the command.

Damocles sword


Given the length of the demarcation line (more than 400 km) and the lack of defenders on the front line, Kiev at any time can use dozens or even hundreds of drones not only against the defenders of Donbass, but also against civilians and infrastructure facilities.

If you haven't already? Regular accidents on gas pipelines and other infrastructure facilities may be associated with this practice. Moreover, the republics, in fact, have nothing to respond to this challenge - even if the means to intercept control over the UAV were present in the required amount in each unit, it is impossible to block all approaches to the cities in practice.

All that remains is to rely on the vigilance of citizens and on strengthening the number, equipment and mobility of air defense units.

Yes, right now, in real time, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are firing artillery and mortars at settlements along the contact line, and this is no surprise as usual. At the same time, using unmanned technical means, Ukrainians can conduct real sabotage and terrorist activities, systematically destroying infrastructure facilities. Thus, dooming the already in a sad state of the power grid, water utility, gas supply, etc. for regular interruptions in work or even collapse.

In this situation, it seems, the republics have nothing to cover. And the problem itself can disappear only together with the final and irrevocable solution of a much more conceptual issue - forcing Ukraine to peace.

Otherwise, even without the cherished Bayraktars, about which they wrote a lot last year, the Armed Forces of Ukraine can do a lot of mischief using ordinary Chinese toys. But the consequences will not be childish.
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  3. prior
    prior 20 September 2021 11: 28
    +5
    The country inhabited by the French is France.
    The country inhabited by the British is England.
    A country inhabited by Raguli cannot be anything other than Ragulia.
    We have decided on the name of the country.
    Now for the armament.
    America helped Ragulia Javelin.
    Turkey helped Ragulia Bayraktarami.
    Why can't Russia help Donetsk and Lugansk with Iskander?
    Should we respond to terrorist attacks, or what?
  4. Tagan
    Tagan 20 September 2021 11: 40
    +1
    Quote: chiptuner
    Since when did the use of the armed forces by lawful power on their territory against militants become terrorism?

    No, this is just state terrorism - the destruction of civilians in their own country.
    It is not a fact that the question of the ownership of the territory that has gotten for free will not be revised in due time.
  5. Tagan
    Tagan 20 September 2021 11: 46
    +1
    Quote: Retvizan 8
    "Since when did the use of the armed forces by lawful power on their territory against militants become terrorism?"
    Ever since your warriors are coming out and the National Battalions began to destroy the civilian population, dwellings and infrastructure of Donbass!
    To take you and your captors on an excursion to the Avenue of Angels?

    Do you think that something will go wrong with such people? Apparently, such specimens cannot be treated without surgical intervention.
    1. Grandfather
      Grandfather 20 September 2021 12: 04
      -2
      Quote: Tagan
      Quote: Retvizan 8
      "Since when did the use of the armed forces by lawful power on their territory against militants become terrorism?"
      Ever since your warriors are coming out and the National Battalions began to destroy the civilian population, dwellings and infrastructure of Donbass!
      To take you and your captors on an excursion to the Avenue of Angels?

      Do you think that something will go wrong with such people? Apparently, such specimens cannot be treated without surgical intervention.

      only instead of a scalpel-machete.
      1. singless
        singless 20 September 2021 12: 16
        -4
        in place of what would be used to drive humanitarian aid there would have long ago closed this topic. it would be cheaper. I'm sorry for people. I hope it's clear who's cheaper.
    2. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 20 September 2021 12: 13
      -1
      Quote: Tagan
      Apparently, such specimens are not treated without surgical intervention.

      Will not help.
      1. vik669
        vik669 20 September 2021 12: 54
        -1
        But the consequences will not be childish. Yes, he laughs who laughs without consequences, but here you are not here even a rare bird will fly to the middle of the Dnieper, but a lot of things can fly to Kuyov and the surrounding area and the question will arise - and we are for sho!
  6. Old ensign
    Old ensign 20 September 2021 12: 16
    +1
    Quote: chiptuner
    Since when did the use of the armed forces by lawful power on their territory against militants become terrorism?

    This is called double standards. If Russia does something, then it is correct and fair. If Ukraine does this, then immediately the urapatriots shout that this is wrong. At the same time, Russia recognizes Donetsk and Lugansk as the territories of Ukraine. The war has been going on for the eighth year, but it suits many. It is very simple to regret, curse and condemn, sitting in a warm apartment.
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 20 September 2021 13: 17
      0
      Quote: Old ensign
      If Ukraine does this, then immediately the urapatriots shout that this is wrong.

      And the rest, what are they shouting?
  7. Vladimir61
    Vladimir61 20 September 2021 12: 39
    +5
    As a result of the fire, 1300 tons of oil were destroyed, and the fire itself was extinguished.
    Enough to replicate nonsense! Everywhere they refer to Bezsonov's statement, show me! In Telegram, we are talking about the fact that 1300 tons were stored at the base, but in no way, about the fact that so many burned down.
    1. Victorio
      Victorio 20 September 2021 13: 16
      +1
      Quote: Vladimir61
      As a result of the fire, 1300 tons of oil were destroyed, and the fire itself was extinguished.
      Enough to replicate nonsense! Everywhere they refer to Bezsonov's statement, show me! In Telegram, we are talking about the fact that 1300 tons were stored at the base, but in no way, about the fact that so many burned down.

      ===
      and this is a photo of the base? probably the containers are incomplete, or the remains, because the capacity of each (according to the photo) is more than 1300 tons
      1. Vladimir61
        Vladimir61 20 September 2021 14: 00
        +5
        Quote: Victorio
        and this is a photo of the base?
        Yes! Can you imagine what it would look like if 1300 tons were burned there. But, it is very beneficial for someone to replicate such nonsense in order to impose an opinion on everyone, or that the DPR's statement is a lie and an attempt to denigrate Ukraine, or to reduce everything towards the fact that everything was stolen and blamed on sabotage. Who benefits from this? And so it is understandable!
        1. Spring fluff
          Spring fluff 20 September 2021 21: 30
          0
          it is easy to find official videos on the net where it is said about the burned 1300 tons and about extinguishing oil with water. for example: 20 sec - about water, 58 sec - about oil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epjJn_oS7mI&t=17s
        2. Victorio
          Victorio 21 September 2021 08: 25
          +3
          Quote: Vladimir61
          Quote: Victorio
          and this is a photo of the base?
          Yes! Can you imagine what it would look like if 1300 tons were burned there. But, it is very beneficial for someone to replicate such nonsense in order to impose an opinion on everyone, or that the DPR's statement is a lie and an attempt to denigrate Ukraine, or to reduce everything towards the fact that everything was stolen and blamed on sabotage. Who benefits from this? And so it is understandable!

          ===
          I read on the news portal: / Bezsonov also added that 1,3 tons of fuel were destroyed. / Such an amount may well correspond to the consequences in the above photo. questions to journalists about the quantity.
          link here https://iz.ru/1220458/2021-09-11/poiavilis-kadry-posledstvii-vzryva-na-neftebaze-v-donetcke
          1. Vladimir61
            Vladimir61 21 September 2021 10: 18
            +1
            Quote: Victorio
            I read on the news portal: / Bezsonov also added that 1,3 tons of fuel were destroyed
            The seeker, let him find - 1,3 tons, this is not 1300 tons!
            1. Spring fluff
              Spring fluff 21 September 2021 23: 23
              -2
              Yes, on VO there was an article: "As First Deputy Minister Daniil Bezsonov said, on September 11, an explosion occurred at the oil depot in the Kirovsky district of Donetsk, followed by a fire in the oil storage. As a result of the fire, 1300 tons of oil were destroyed, the fire itself was extinguished." https://topwar.ru/187021-udar-ukrainskogo-bespilotnika-privel-k-vzryvu-s-vozgoraniem-na-neftebaze-v-donecke.html and 1300 tons were said in all videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apnb9hOzBY0&t=51s
        3. dog of war
          dog of war 21 September 2021 22: 23
          -1
          Probably it is beneficial to the one who dumped 1300 tons for himself.
  8. Borisych
    Borisych 20 September 2021 12: 58
    -4
    Ukrainian UAVs must be destroyed at their bases. And the citizens of Donbass in the majority are already citizens of Russia. Therefore, the Ukrainian UAV will not live long, soon it will be quiet in Donbass.
    1. Kronos
      Kronos 20 September 2021 13: 24
      +5
      This mantra is already years old.
  9. Old ensign
    Old ensign 20 September 2021 13: 37
    0
    Quote: tihonmarine
    Quote: Old ensign
    If Ukraine does this, then immediately the urapatriots shout that this is wrong.

    And the rest, what are they shouting?

    And the majority do not care.
  10. sen
    sen 20 September 2021 13: 45
    +1
    We, too, lagged behind both in attack drones and in weapons for them.
    What was shown at the last exercises was not newly created UAB for drones, but slightly converted 120-mm mines "Gran".
    However, Russia is obliged to provide assistance to Donbass in their fight against attack drones based on generally accepted humanitarian considerations.
  11. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 20 September 2021 14: 58
    -4
    For a week, the second article on this topic is a guard, ukronatsiks are bombing us from drones.
    And what, it became known only now? The author himself writes - from the very beginning of the war.
    I have a different question, I will repeat it again, was it not easier to hang all these warriors back in the winter of 2013-14. It would have cost a little blood.
    And what is now preventing the forces of our MTR to start capturing at least the most notorious activists, commanders, advisers?
    Even in 1942-43, partisans in the years of the brutal occupation hung such characters on poles, why are we ashamed now?
    1. Kronos
      Kronos 20 September 2021 15: 01
      +1
      So Russia is not at war with them.
      1. Jacket in stock
        Jacket in stock 20 September 2021 15: 08
        -1
        Quote: Kronos
        So Russia is not at war with them.

        But they are at war with Russia. And they even succeed.
        At least within the framework of self-defense it is necessary to somehow do something about it, I think so.
  12. Sancho_SP
    Sancho_SP 21 September 2021 17: 03
    +1
    Well, what is not a landfill?
  13. Comrade Kim
    Comrade Kim 25 September 2021 01: 03
    0
    Quote: prior
    Why Russia can't help Donetsk and Lugansk


    Because the close relatives of some high officials live in the camp of enemies, about whom the Nightingale "sings" to us.
    Better ask the Wagnerians why they were stopped:

    https://t.me/grey_zone/10497
  14. Seamaster
    Seamaster 26 September 2021 16: 42
    0
    Some kind of garbage. The range of these drones is not that great, which means that they do not fly from Lviv, but are based somewhere near the front line. UAVs have to land somewhere, undergo maintenance, arm themselves. This means that they have something like a base - you cannot hide them in the garden of the cherry keel of the hut. If this is the case, then why have not the Grads or Hurricanes attacked this base yet? And if the range is not enough, why haven't you rented a pair of Su-34s at the Rostov DOSAAF airfield and struck this base? The Israelis strike at the points from where the "Qassams" fly to them and nothing - no one in the world is particularly outraged.