Still from a video showing damage to the Kerch Bridge on July 17, 2023.
Grain bunkers damaged in the port of Odessa.
Interior of the Transfiguration Cathedral in Odessa after the hit on July 23, 2023.
Ukrainians are trying to respond within their
capabilities. A massive campaign has been
underway in Crimea and the southern part of
the Zaporizhzhia region, targeting Russian
logistics and command centers with HIMARS
missiles and Storm Shadow glide bombs. To
a lesser extent, systematic attacks are also
being carried out deep within Russia, which
could be termed disruptive in nature. Ukraine
cannot use Western weapons for these
attacks, as it has committed to deploying them
only on its own territory. Instead, it employs
domestically produced drones for these
purposes. Several types have been developed,
though there is limited information available.
The most successful type appears to be the
“Bober” (Beaver), named after the animal.
It has duck-like wings and a push propeller at
the end of the fuselage. Its range is reported
to be around 600 to 1,000 km, and it carries
a cumulative explosive warhead in the front
of its fuselage.
The Bober drones were used in an attack
on July 24, when at least two buildings were
damaged in Moscow, and one drone crashed
onto Komsomolsky Prospekt near the Ministry
of Defense. The attacks of the Bobers on July
30 and August 1 can be seen as almost trolling
Russian air defense, as the same high-rise
building in Moscow's business district was
hit repeatedly on two consecutive days. This
Destroyed grain warehouse in the town of Reni on the Danube.
Ukrainian Bober drone captured on
video over Moscow.
Ukraine developed the Bober drone
on its own.