Ukraine’s ability to deliver long-range drone strikes on airfields in the Russian rear, more than 700 km from the Russo-Ukrainian border, is a new factor in the war that may have a strategic impact.
1. Ukraine finds brand new way to deal with Russian missile terror
Since October, Russia has sent barrages of cruise missiles into Ukrainian critical infrastructure, taking out 50% of its power grid in the face of a cold winter. Ukraine’s air defense has gotten increasingly better at shooting down the missiles, but its officials have repeatedly stressed that Ukraine needs to deal with the source of the threat — Russian airbases. While Ukraine still lacks long-range missiles, it has found a creative way to deal with the problem.