May 01, 2023

How Ukraine Could Retake Crimea

Source: Newsweek

Journalist: Isabel Van Brugen

Ukraine's first line of attack in a wider attempt to liberate Crimea will likely involve the use of drones, Samuel Bendett, an adjunct senior fellow and advisor at the Center for a New American Security, told Newsweek.

"Drones are going to be the first wave of attack and Russians are very concerned about that... this would be a large-scale strike, and Russians will have no choice but to try and defend themselves against these drones," Bendett said.

Ukraine has been probing Russian air defenses in Crimea for months by sending aerial drones, said Bendett, adding that Crimea is "definitely high on Ukrainian agenda."


"Ukraine is also starting to fuel longer-range military drones, and Russia is worried," he continued.

Bendett explained Russia is concerned Ukraine will use a large quantity of these drones to overwhelm Russian air defenses and force the Russians to expend their munitions to try to shoot them down, and that these drone attacks that are going to expose Russian positions and will be followed by longe-range missile strikes with Air Force capability.

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  • Samuel Bendett

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Center (SP3), where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves research on the ...