PANAGYURISHTE, ($1=1.86 Bulgarian Levs) — Because the starting of the battle, as we’ve all the time argued, the data that comes from Russia and Ukraine is totally different or is withheld. Fairly often on social networks, Russian profiles publish downed Ukrainian drones Bayraktar TB2, which gained heroic fame on the battlefields in Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

Ukraine loses Bayraktar TB2 UAVs - both over Ukraine and Russia
Twiter screenshot

Just some hours in the past, one other picture of the downed Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 was posted on Twitter. “Russian air protection intercepts a Ukrainian” Bayraktar “drone … Kursk,” says tweet creator Maytham Z. Nonetheless, the picture by no means tells when, the place, or with what this drone was shot down.

Typically, this describes a big a part of all of the photographic materials shared by each side of the battle: Ukraine and Russia. is attempting to maintain statistics on the downed Ukrainian drones, as a result of the Ukrainian armed forces [and not a small part of the world that has heard of Bayraktar] pinned their hopes on a profitable confrontation towards the Russian armed forces.

Ukraine loses Bayraktar TB2 UAVs - both over Ukraine and Russia
Twitter screenshot

What we do know: three Bayraktar TB2 drones [as claimed by publishing photos] had been shot down between March 17 and April 1. Russia claims that one in every of these three was shot down throughout Kyiv’s protection, a second was shot down in jap Ukraine [they do not say exactly where], and a 3rd was shot down over Kherson.

On April 25, the stays of Bayraktar had been discovered within the Bryanskaya district. Round that date, the Ukrainians bombed two gasoline depots. That’s what the Russians say. Nonetheless, Ukrainians don’t acknowledge this assault and deny having participated in it. It’s for these stays that the Ukrainians declare that the Russians transported the stays of the UAVs from someplace in Ukraine and dismantled them in order that they might accuse the Ukrainian aspect of “attacking Russian land.” On this method, the Russians will discover one more reason to assault civilian targets.

Two days later, on April 27, the Russians discovered the stays of two extra Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 drones. One they declare was shot down over Russia within the Belgorod area [on the border with Ukraine], and the opposite is the one within the picture we revealed – in Kursk, once more in Russia.

If we assume that we’ve “documented” six downed Ukrainian drones Bayraktr TB2, then that is fairly a severe share [just over 30 percent] of the whole Ukrainian fleet of 20 items. At the very least we learn about so many delivered drones, however it’s nonetheless claimed that Turkey could have made different deliveries throughout the battle.

Ukraine loses Bayraktar TB2 UAVs - both over Ukraine and Russia
Photograph credit score: Twitter

There are two potentialities: both Ukraine is definitely finishing up airstrikes on strategic Russian targets [destroying fuel depots between Belarus and Donbas on Russian territory means preventing the transfer of Russian forces to eastern and southern Ukraine] or Russia is skillfully utilizing the stays of 1 or two downed Ukrainian drones, transporting them round Russian territories and propagandizing about Ukrainian assaults.

This “Russian plot” is as not possible as it’s doable as a result of there aren’t any guidelines in battle, and propaganda is a significant weapon in battle. Actually, Ukrainian drones have been shot down, and Ukrainians have actually lowered the distribution of movies in current weeks, claiming they’re from their Bayraktar TB2’s cameras. Up to now, nevertheless, Ukraine has not revealed how a lot Bayraktar TB2 has misplaced.

Final however not least – as we wrote in accordance Kirsten Fontenrose and Andy Dreby evaluation, Russia doesn’t dominate the unmanned aerial battle in Ukraine, however the Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 can’t present shut air help as they’re extremely susceptible to Russia’s air defenses. In response to journalists, Turkish drones is not going to give Ukraine the required benefit.


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