Ukrainian forces have repeatedly seen a systematic approach by the Russians to acquire a target with a UAS. A high level UAS will identify a Ukrainian target.
Russian tactics in Ukraine [...] heavily feature their ability to correct indirect fires with certain types of their UAS. [Russian forces] will adjust their fire with the UAS based on the initial artillery strikes. The total time for this process can be as little as 10-15 minutes.
A command-and-control system [...] nets their input and delivers a strike order.
The sensor platforms [...] are often used at multiple altitudes over the same target with complimentary imaging. [The higher level UAS] will then pass off [the] target to another lower level UAS to determine the target coordinates.
Damage Assessment and Correction
COMMAND & CONTROL
Strike Order Delivery
By emphasizing tactical/operational ranges, [Russian forces] are able to identify target complex, net multiple sensor inputs, and produce a mass strike with high-lethality area fires. An on-call ground-based delivery system [...] can produce strikes within short order.
Pro-Russian demonstrations in eastern Ukraine continued after Russia’s seizure of Crimea and the subsequent deployment of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine. On April 6, hundreds of protesters calling for a referendum similar to the one held in Crimea seized government buildings in Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk. Demonstrators were expelled on April 8 from a regional administration building in Kharkiv by Ukrainian troops.
Ukraine C. 1400
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Natural Gas Pipelines
Ukraine is a fertile flat ground border between Eastern Europe and Russia. It has been ruled and conquered throughout history: first by the Scandinavians in the ninth century and later by countries such as Lithuania, Russia, Poland, the Ottoman Empire, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Romania. They ruled themselves only for short periods (during the Cossack risings in the seventeenth century, the Russian Civil War in 1918, and the end of World War II) and only truly became an independent nation until after the end of the Soviet Union in 1991.
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