A Ukrainian drone operator from the 24th Separate Mechanized Brigade holds a drone during the testing of new military equipment including FPV drones on the training area amid Russia-Ukraine war in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on August 3, 2023. Wojciech Grzedzinski/Anadolu Agency
Ukraine cyber-operators are being deployed on the front lines of the war, duelling close-up with their Russian counterparts in a new kind of high-tech battle.
“We have people who are directly involved in combat,” says Illia Vitiuk, the head of the Ukrainian Security Service’s (SBU) cyber department.
Speaking inside the heavily protected SBU headquarters, he explains how his teams mix the skills of hackers and special forces – getting inside Russian systems, working alongside snipers and deploying the latest technologies.
The department uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) visual recognition systems to analyse information gathered from aerial drones (alongside intelligence from human sources, satellites and other technical sources) to provide targets for the military.
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WNU Editor: Russia has so far shown itself to be very effective in using drones and cyber capabilities in this conflict …. Russia keeps jamming Ukrainian drones, forcing their operators to move closer to the front line — and into greater danger (Insider).