A 15-year-old Ukrainian boy has been hailed a hero after he spotted an advancing column of Russian soldiers with a toy drone.
The teenager was able to alert the military after he saw the light of Russian military vehicles heading towards the capital, Kyiv, using the toy drone device.
Andrii Pokrasa, had been called upon by the Ukrainian military to help due to his experience with such devices, reported the Telegraph.
Yurii Kasjanov, the commander of the armed forces’ unmanned reconnaissance section, was quoted as saying that the teen was the only one who was experienced with drones in that region, and is a real hero of Ukraine.
Andrii told Global News that he had been approached by the military to help obtain the GPS coordinates of the approaching Russian convoy.
He said that, after being told approximately where the Russian column could be, the goal was to find the exact coordinates and provide them to the soldiers.
“It was one of the biggest columns that was moving on the Zhytomyr road and we managed to find it because one of the trucks turned on its lights for a long time.” he said.
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Pokrosa said the moment he spotted the convoy it was "very scary", but he was determined to not allow the Russian convoy to approach his town.
“I gave them the coordinates and photos, and after that they targeted the location,” he said.
“And I needed to coordinate more specifically where they should shell with artillery.”
The information that Pokrasa found were then sent to a territorial defence unit via social media, who were then able to stop the approaching Russians near Berezivka, around 40km west of Kyiv.
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Consumer drones have been a game changer for the war according to Taras Troiak, a former drone retailer who heads the Federation of Drone Owners of Ukraine, speaking to Global News.
He said that Russians have been left with no place to hide, but without the operators and devices to help the Ukrainian army Kyiv could already be under Russian control.
Ukraine said on Wednesday that forces were successfully holding out against Russian assault in Sievierodonetsk, while Russian troops were bringing in new resources towards Donbas in an intense battle for control of the eastern region.
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