Andrey Poclasa, 15, landed the drone on Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Kyiv, Ukraine, during an interview with the Associated Press. War with Russia. They used drones to assist the country’s military spots early in the Russian invasion, finding and destroying Russian targets.
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As Russian tanks and trucks rang near the village, a Ukrainian teen and his father secretly fired a small drone into the air.
Working as a team, they took a bird’s-eye view of the armored pillars moving towards Kyiv, pinpointed their coordinates, and quickly communicated valuable information to the Ukrainian army.
Within minutes, the turret fired a cannonball on the invading army, causing a fatal effect.
Andrey Poclasa, 15, and his dad Stanislav, were on their knees in the early days of the invasion when Russian troops bombarded from the north eventually seized the capital.
For a full week after the invasion on February 24, the two droneed repeatedly. If Russian troops were aware of their snooping, they would be captured or even worse risked.
“These were some of the scariest moments in my life,” Andriy said when he demonstrated his pilot skills for the Associated Press journalist team.
“We provided the army with photos and places,” he said. “They narrowed down the coordinates more accurately and sent them on the walkie-talkie to adjust the artillery.”
His father was happy to leave the pilot to the boy.
“I can operate the drone, but my son is doing it much better. We soon decided he would do it,” Stanislav Poklasa, 41. Told.
They are not sure how many Russian targets have been destroyed using the information they have provided. However, they later devastated the Russian convoy when they flew a drone from a strategically important highway leading to the capital, over the burnt hulls of trucks and tanks near the western town of Kieu. I saw it brought.
“More than 20 Russian military vehicles, such as fuel trucks and tanks, have been destroyed,” the father said.
When Russian and Ukrainian troops fought fiercely to rule the outskirts of Kieu, Ukrainian soldiers finally urged the Pokrasa family to leave their village.
Elder Poklasa was unable to join his wife and son when he fled to neighboring Poland, as all adult men up to the age of 60 stayed in the country by government order.
They came back a few weeks ago when Andrey finished his school year.
“I was happy that we destroyed someone,” he said. “I’m glad I contributed and was able to do something. It’s not just sitting and waiting.”