A Ukrainian teenager and his father spied on a Russian convoy on the outskirts of Kyiv using a small drone and relayed information to the Ukrainian military.
They took bird’s eye photos of the Russian tanks and trucks as they approached their village and identified the coordinates of the convoy, before sending the intelligence to the army.
In a few minutes, UkraineThe army hit the column with heavy shelling.
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Andriy Pokrasa, 15, and his father Stanislav, 41, were praised for their voluntary aerial reconnaissance work at the start of the invasion when Russian troops from the north tried unsuccessfully to seize the capital Kyiv.
The couple watched over the convoy for an entire week after the February 24 invasion.
“Those were some of the scariest times of my life,” the teenager said.
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“We provided the photos and the location to the armed forces. They specified the coordinates more precisely and transmitted them by walkie-talkie, in order to adjust the artillery.”
His father added that his son is a much better drone pilot.
“I can operate the drone, but my son does it much better,” he said.
“We immediately decided he would.”
Although they don’t know how many Russian targets were destroyed by their intelligence, they saw the devastation of the convoy when they then flew the drone over the area.
“More than 20 Russian military vehicles were destroyed, including tankers and tanks,” Pokrasa said.
However, as fighting intensified on the outskirts of Kyiv, the Ukrainian army urged the Pokrasa family to leave their village, which Russia eventually occupied.
As all adult men up to the age of 60 were ordered to stay in Ukraine, Mr Pokrasa was unable to join his wife and son when they fled to Poland.
They came back a few weeks ago when Andriy finished his school year.
“I was happy we destroyed someone,” the teenager said.
“I was happy to have contributed, to have been able to do something. Not just to sit and wait.”
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