And yet, Ukrainians remain resilient. In a new Gallup poll released today, 70% say Ukraine should keep fighting until they win. And, of these, 91% define victory as the recovery of all territories lost between 2014 and today, including Crimea.
But that might be more difficult, now that Russia is using Iranian-made suicide drones that are eight feet wide and carry about 100 pounds of explosives. Russia has already launched hundreds of drones. Ukraine managed to shoot many of them. But even a passing handful can cause major damage and give Russia a new weapon of war.
And to further discuss the impact of strikes on infrastructure and those Iranian drones currently in Ukraine, we turn to Samuel Bendett, a Russian military analyst for the Center for Naval Analysis.
Samuel Bendett, thank you very much. Welcome to “news time”.
During this war, Russia sometimes held back from attacking infrastructure targets. But over the past few weeks we’ve seen countless strikes across the country, including now using these suicide drones.
Is this a change in Russian tactics?
Samuel Bendett, Center for Naval Analyses: In a way, yes.
It is a response to the very successful Ukrainian counterattacks, the successful Ukrainian advances against Russian forces in the east and south of the country, and the Russian realization that it has to do something to try to stem this advance and cause a certain level of attrition and essentially a certain level of pain on the Ukrainian defense industry, on the population and on the army.