December 30, 2023

The world is watching the war in Ukraine through drones, and it twists the view of who is winning this fight

Source: Business Insider

Journalist: Chris Panella

So it goes in the ongoing drone war — no soldier or vehicle is safe from these weapons. And nearly two years after Russia's full-scale invasion, the world is, more often than not, watching the war through drone footage posted regularly by both sides. The videos feed larger narratives and are another way Ukraine and Russia can influence public opinion.

"This is part of the propaganda and information war in which each side is trying to diminish their adversary's will to fight," Stacie Pettyjohn, director of the defense program at the Center for a New American Security, told Business Insider.


As long as the drones are flying though, the world will continue to get a continuous stream of footage in the war.

"There's just so much more of it, and it's certainly shaping perceptions of the conflict," Pettyjohn said, adding that the footage can give viewers "a picture of a particular tactical engagement" that "may or may not be representative of what's going more broadly in the course of the battle."

"It's certainly cherry-picked footage that's placed online for a reason," she said. It's a good lesson for anyone tracking the war online: watch with care.

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  • Stacie Pettyjohn

    Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Program

    Stacie Pettyjohn is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her areas of expertise include defense strategy, post...