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Ukraine war

From drones to cyberattacks, technology is shaping Ukraine conflict

Kyiv is going through an estimated 10,000 drones a month in fight against Russia

A drone operator prepares for takeoff at a test site on the outskirts of Kyiv. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa)

KYIV, Ukraine -- The Russian invasion of Ukraine quickly upended the assumption that overt acts of aggression by major powers would not occur in the post-Cold War international order. Similarly, Ukrainian drones and other cutting-edge technologies are now upending the conventional battlefield wisdom that the side with most heavy weapons easily subdues the other.

A test site for drones on the outskirts of Ukrainian capital Kyiv underlines the importance of the devices in the conflict. Sitting near a sunflower field, the location is disguised to make it difficult to spot from above.

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