War in Ukraine: Zelenskiy opens crowdfunding for naval drones

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Ukrainian warZelenski opens crowdfunding for naval drones

Naval drones have brought Ukraine decisive success against the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Now Selenski wants to build an entire army of drones.

Attack on the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol: A Russian helicopter fired repeatedly at a floating drone.

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  • In the past, Ukraine has had rare successes with ship drones on the water.

  • Now President Zelensky wants to build a whole fleet of small unmanned boats.

  • The project is to be financed by donations.

attacks from Drones of the Ukrainian Navy caused heavy damage to the Russian Black Sea fleet at the end of October. Now Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has launched crowdfunding for an entire fleet of drones. The drones are five and a half meters long, weigh around one ton, can operate autonomously for up to 60 hours and can reach a maximum speed of 80 km/h.

On The government says the fundraising platform has launched fundraising for a A fleet of naval drones he has begun. “The main task of these drones will be to protect the waters of Ukrainian seas, as well as peaceful cities, from Russian warships and cruise missiles. The fleet will also help clear corridors for civilian ships transporting grain to the rest of the world.”

“Russian fleet terrorizes Ukraine”

According to Ukrainian data, the Russian army has fired 4,500 missiles at Ukraine since the beginning of the war. Every fifth missile was launched from the Black Sea. Since the Ukrainian fleet had lost 80 percent of its ships as a result of the annexation of Crimea, it was unable to counter the attacks. That is set to change with a fleet of unmanned maritime drones.

Selenski emphasized this Drones are for defense only Ukrainian sea area. “We do not claim anything that does not belong to us,” the Ukrainian president said. The Commander of the Naval Forces of the Ukrainian Navy, Oleksii Neizhpapa, emphasized: «The Russian fleet is constantly terrorizing Ukraine and our cities. 100 multi-purpose surface vessels will consolidate the Navy’s success after sinking the cruiser Moskva and recapturing Snake Island. They will also give us the opportunity to better protect both the sea and the entire territory of our country.”

With firing Moscow, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Ukraine inflicted its first sensitive defeat on the Russian Navy in May. According to American observers Ukrainian missiles of own production responsible for sinking such a proud flagship.

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