The war between Russia and Ukraine has been raging for quite a while, and both sides have had their victories and setbacks. Yet it’s not often that Vladimir Putin gets egg on his face. That’s exactly what happened when he reported the capture of Ukrainian assets and immediately had one of his own trashed. Let’s see what happened.

Ukrainian Drone Destroys Podlyot Radar Complex

Footage showed how a Polish-made kamikaze ‘Warmate’ drone flew into and destroyed the spinning dish of the mobile Podlyot radar complex, which can detect up to 200 targets simultaneously.

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Ukraine boasted about the attack days before the display of captured military vehicles is set to open in Victory Park on May 1. It was a definite blow to Putin’s claim of dominance on the battlefield.

Captured British and American Armored Cars on Display

Several captured British and American armored cars and tanks seized from Ukrainian forces form part of an open-air museum formerly designed to celebrate the Soviet Red Army’s victory over Hitler in World War Two.

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The display was described as a celebration of Russia’s success ‘against Ukrainian militants and their Western supporters’, with the captured vehicles displayed beneath red banners reading ‘Our victory is inevitable.’

War Shows No Signs of Swift End

Despite Putin’s claims of inevitable victory, the war, now in its third year, shows no signs of a swift end.  Putin has been trying to bring the war to a close for quite some time, but Ukrainian resistance stands firm.

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Ukraine’s defense ministry said the Geese 9 Unit was responsible for taking out the radar complex at an undisclosed location over the weekend. The radar complex is a new technology that has only been deployed since 2015.

Podlyot System’s Role in Anti-Aircraft Defenses

The Podlyot system detects targets and sends coordinates to anti-aircraft systems. Video footage showed how it was knocked out before another drone flew into the station, powering and destroying the radar system.

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Ukrainian intelligence wrote after the radar attack: ‘Successful fire damage was inflicted on the antenna-feeder installation and the diesel station that fed the complex.’

Ukraine’s Effective Use of Drones Against Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has used drones against Russia to significant effect amid the ongoing conflict, with several Russian warplanes destroyed in recent weeks.

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However, Russia did not mention this in the Moscow exhibition glorifying Russian victories, which is due to be open for a month. It would have dampened the celebratory attitude.

Weapons and Tanks from Various Countries on Display

The exhibition features an American Bradley tank, a Swedish CV90, and a French-made AMX-10RC armored fighting vehicle. These vehicles come to Ukraine as aid from other countries to help keep it independent.

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Weapons and tanks from nine other countries, including Turkey, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, South Africa, Finland, Australia, and Austria, along with Ukrainian combat documents and ‘ideological literature,’ are also set to be featured in the show.

Top Weapons Used to Fight Putin

Precision missiles, sea drones, and British tanks are some of the top weapons being used to fight Putin, and a $60.8 billion aid package from the US was passed earlier this month, allowing for more foreign weapons to be bought.

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The funds are a much-needed influx of cash into the Ukrainian military’s coffers. The war seems to have quite some time to go, with neither of the combatants willing to declare defeat and fighting on to the bitter end.

Changing Battlefield Dynamics

As the battlefield has changed substantially in recent months, Ukraine has been forced to sideline its use of $10 million Abrams tanks sent over from the US because they’re too difficult to use without being detected or attacked by Russian drones.

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Russian drone technology has increased in complexity over the last few months. The drones were originally tested on the Abrams tank, and they are at their best against this armored vehicle, which makes it a bad choice for Ukrainians.

Ukrainian Resilience and Adaptability

Despite the challenges posed by the evolving battlefield dynamics, Ukraine continues to demonstrate resilience and adaptability in its fight against Russian aggression.

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The successful drone strike on the Podlyot radar complex serves as a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Ukrainian military. Ukraine’s military is also supported by civilian groups that have been using drone combat to defend their homeland.

International Support for Ukraine

The ongoing conflict has garnered significant international support for Ukraine, with various nations providing military aid and equipment to bolster its defense capabilities.

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The recent $60.8 billion aid package from the US further underscores the international community’s commitment to stand with Ukraine in its fight for sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Symbolic Significance of Victory Park

The display of captured British and American armored vehicles in Victory Park, a site historically associated with the Soviet Union’s triumph over Nazi Germany in World War Two, carries symbolic significance for Russia.

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By showcasing these seized vehicles, Russia aims to project an image of strength and dominance despite the setbacks it has faced in the ongoing conflict. Russia needs to project strength to keep its troop morale up.

The Importance of Morale and Propaganda

In any protracted conflict, morale and propaganda play crucial roles in shaping public opinion and maintaining support for the war effort.

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Putin’s claims of inevitable victory, despite the realities on the ground, serve to rally domestic support and project an image of confidence to the international community.

The Human Cost of the Conflict

Amidst the displays of military might and the back-and-forth of battlefield successes and setbacks, it is essential to remember the human cost of the ongoing conflict.

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The war has claimed countless lives, displaced millions, and inflicted immeasurable suffering on the people of Ukraine. Many members of the international community condemned the unprovoked attack.

The Path to Peace and Resolution

As the conflict enters its third year, the international community must continue to work towards a peaceful resolution that respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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Diplomatic efforts and sustained support for Ukraine’s defense capabilities remain crucial in finding a path to lasting peace and stability in the region. This war won’t conclude quickly, but the sooner it ends, the fewer people will die as a result.