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Ukraine's 'Drone Army' procures 3,200 drones in first 9 months

by The Kyiv Independent news desk April 5, 2023 3:46 PM 1 min read
A Skala battalion drone flies out on a mission near Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, on Dec. 29, 2022. (Francis Farrell/The Kyiv Independent)
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Ukraine's "Drone Army" acquired 3,200 drones for the military in the first nine months of the initiative, Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Education, Science, and Technology Mykhailo Fedorov reported on April 5.

According to Fedorov, the initiative was able to fundraise over Hr 4 billion ($109 million) in the first nine months.

The "Drone Army" is a joint initiative of the Digital Transformation Ministry and the governmental UNITED24 fundraising platform. It was launched in July 2022.

In addition to procuring drones, the initiative is also tasked with repairing drones and training soldiers on how to operate them.

Over 7,000 military personnel have been trained as drone operators, Fedorov added.

War from above: A day with drone unit defending Ukraine’s south
Editor’s Note: The Ukrainian soldiers featured in this article don’t share their family names for security reasons. ZAPORIZHZHIA OBLAST – A couple of running gray silhouettes appear on the phone screen of drone unit commander Ashot, call sign “Doc.” “They saw the drone, see?” he pointed at them.…

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