May 03, 2023

Russia Claims Ukraine Launched a Drone Attack on the Kremlin

Source: Task and Purpose

Journalist: Jeff Schogol

It is impossible to tell from video being shared on social media where the drone that exploded over the Kremlin came from, said Samuel Bendett, an adviser with CNA, a non-profit research and analysis organization in Arlington, Virginia.

“It could have been launched from practically anywhere,” Bendett told Task & Purpose on Wednesday. “It could have changed direction on approach. It’s not clear if it was launched from Ukraine; if it was launched from Russia; whether it was the military, maybe it was somebody else, kind of a non-military unit. Again, a lot of unknowns in this video, a lot of questions in this video.”

If it turns out the drone is Ukrainian, there are three types of drones that it could be: The UJ-22, which may have come within 70 miles of Moscow in February; PD-1 and PD-2 domestically made drones; and the Chinese-made Mugin-5 drone, which is built for commercial use but can be refitted for military missions – all of which can fly several hundred kilometers, Bendett said.

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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 ...