A small drone was used by a father and a teenager from Ukraine to spy on a Russian convoy near Kyiv. They then passed the information on to the Ukrainian military.
They took photos from the air of the Russian trucks and tanks as they approached their village. Then, they pinpointed the coordinates of the convoy and sent the intelligence to the military.
Within minutes, Ukraine‘s military attacked the column with heavy shelling.
Andriy Pokrasa (15 years old) and Stanislav (41 years old) were praised for their volunteer aerial reconnaissance work in the early days of the invasion, when Russian troops attempted to take over the capital Kyiv.
They stayed on the scene for over a week following the invasion of 24 February.
The teenager stated, “These were the scariest times of my life.”
“We gave the photos and the location of the armed forces. They were able to narrow down the coordinates and transmit them via walkie-talkie so that they could adjust the artillery.
His father said that his son is a better drone pilot than his.
He said, “I can fly the drone but my son does it better.”
“We decided immediately that he would do it.”
Although they don’t know how many Russian targets they destroyed, they saw the destruction of the convoy when the drone flew over the area.
Mr Pokrasa stated that more than 20 Russian military vehicles were destroyed.
As fighting grew on the outskirts Kyiv’s, the Ukrainian military exhorted the Pokrasa family, who were eventually occupied by Russia, to flee their village.
Because all adults over 60 years old were required to remain in Ukraine, Mr Pokrasa was unable to join his son and wife when they fled to Poland.
They returned a few weeks back after Andriy’s school year was over.
The teenager stated, “I was happy that someone was destroyed.”
“I was glad that I contributed, that it was possible to do something.” It’s not about waiting and sitting.
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