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Ukraine Releases Footage of New Switchblade Drone Attacking Russian Soldiers

Switchblade drone that is used by Ukraine's forces against Russia. Image Credit: Industry handout.

Ukraine’s 53rd Mechanized Brigade Releases Switchblade Strike Footage – On May 6, Ukraine’s 53rd Mechanized Brigade released video footage of a Switchblade loitering munition strike on Russian troops.

Little in the way of details were offered in the Facebook post that shared the video, but in it, Russian troops can be seen in what appears to be a trench on Ukrainian territory. The drone strikes the road next to the soldiers, prompting them to run for cover.

Drone footage shows Russian soldiers running to nearby structures with corrugated iron roofs, where they quickly disappear from sight.

The video was accompanied by a message from Colonel Dmitry Titenko, written in Ukrainian.

“Being closest to the enemy, in difficult inhumane conditions, under the fire of enemy artillery, tanks, our infantry confidently advances and firmly holds the defense. It is the infantry who are the first to meet the enemy, get closer and destroy him closely. The infantry put an end to the battle by raising the Flag of Ukraine over the liberated territories,” the message reads, per Google Translate.

The 53rd Mechanized Brigade’s commander also said that the vast majority of losses on the ground are “borne by infantry” and that they pay respect to the “sacrifice of our brothers who gave their lives in the battles of Ukraine.”

“Being closest to the enemy, in difficult inhumane conditions, under the fire of enemy artillery, tanks, our infantry confidently advances and firmly holds the defense. It is the infantry who are the first to meet the enemy, get closer and destroy him closely. The infantry put an end to the battle by raising the Flag of Ukraine over the liberated territories,” Titenko added.

What is the Switchblade Drone?

The Switchblade drone, also known as the “kamikaze” drone, is a loitering munition drone built by AeroVironment. Used by the United States Military, the Switchblade drone comes in two variants.

The smaller 300 model is designed to be launched over the shoulder from a tube. The drone can be carried inside of a rucksack by a single soldier. Once in the air, the drone looks for its target and strikes. It is operated from a ground station and is fitted with a camera on its nose

A larger Switchblade 600 model works in a similar way, but is larger and more powerful. The United States is still working to procure the large 600 model for Ukraine.

Top Marine Touts Effectiveness of Switchblades

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger told an audience in Washington, D.C. recently at the Modern Day Marin expo that while traditional artillery systems are limited to ballistic trajectories, loitering munitions like the Switchblade drones can be a “huge” benefit to soldiers.

Switchblade Drone

Switchblade Drone. Image Credit: Manufacturer Handout.


Switchblade Drone. Image Credit: Industry Handout.

Switchblade Ukraine

Switchblade drone. Image Credit: Industry handout.

These so-called “suicide drones” can be deployed ‘all the way down to the squad level” before loitering for up to 45 minutes, Berger said. So far, almost 1,000 Switchblade and Phoenix Ghost drones have been given to Ukraine.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.



  1. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    A demobilized French soldier, author of the book “Get up and go thanks to science” Adrien Boke went to Ukraine on a humanitarian mission and spent three weeks there.

    Upon his return, he decided to convey to the French information about the events he had witnessed in Ukraine.

    “I take full responsibility for what I say. While in Ukraine, I witnessed war crimes. All of them were committed by the Ukrainian army. But in France we don’t talk about it!

    When I returned to France from Ukraine, I was shocked: TV channels invite as experts people who have not been to Ukraine and do not know anything about what is happening there now. However, they dare to speculate about these events. Between what I hear from the TV screen and what I saw with my own eyes is an abyss.

    Azov fighters are everywhere. With neo-Nazi stripes. It shocks me that Europe is supplying weapons to neo-Nazis. Not only do they not hide their views. They advertise them. I worked with these people and treated them.

    Being there, there was nothing I could do. Just watch and make videos. I have this footage and will use it as evidence of Ukraine’s crimes.

    I witnessed how the Ukrainian military shot through the knees of captured Russian soldiers and shot in the head higher-ranking officers.

    I have personally seen American videographers making fake footage from the scene of the events staging.

    All destroyed civilian buildings, given out by Ukraine for bombardment of civilians, are nothing more than the result of inaccurate shooting by Ukrainians at military facilities.

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine hide ammunition in residential buildings at night, without even informing the residents. This is called using people as a shield, ”Boke quotes one of the French media.

    The Washington Post recently drew attention to the fact that Ukrainian troops are placing military equipment in residential areas of cities in an attempt to counter the Russian Armed Forces, which threatens the lives of civilians.

    Boke also spoke about the untruthfulness of Western media reports about the events in Bucha.

    “Bucha is a staging. The bodies of the dead were moved from other places and deliberately placed in such a way as to produce shocking footage, ”the French author noted.

    The documents confirming this were submitted to the Federal Security Service – how, who – there are relevant intercepts – on what transport he came to this settlement and created the conditions for organizing this provocation.

    Soon all the collected evidence about the crimes of the Nazis in Ukraine will be seen by the whole world. And the most important thing is the help of Western countries to the Nazis of Ukraine and assistance in their crimes.

  2. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    The French journalist revealed who really commands in Ukraine.

    In order to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine, you need to contact the US representatives. One of them stated in plain text that it was he “who is in command here, not the Ukrainians.” This statement was made by the former deputy director of the French news magazine Paris Match Regis Le Sommier.

    “I was surprised that in order to join the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, this must be done through the Americans. An American, a veteran of the war in Iraq, came up and said: I am in command here, not the Ukrainians,”
    Sommier notes that at first he wanted to kick out the reporters, he was rude. Then he ordered to get SIM cards from phones and “sign a contract until the end of the war.”

    Earlier, the Pentagon noted that the training of the Ukrainian military was indeed carried out, but this was not done on its territory, but in Europe. Since 2014, the Canadian authorities have funded a training program for fighters of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov battalion, writes Nation News. Canada helped prepare 33,346 candidates for the SBU, including 1,951 fighters from the National Guard of Ukraine.

    Jacque Bo:

    “The Ukrainian army will not win the war, just like the fascist militias. The country simply has no chance.

    Western governments insult Ukraine and its soldiers. They want to “weaken Russia” and do not allow Ukraine to ask for peace.”

  3. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    A journalist from the United States, Lara Logan, during the broadcast of the Real America’s Voice program, accused the Western media of lying about the Russian special operation in Ukraine:

    “I really think there is so much misinformation right now. We have never seen anything like it. I’ve been covering military conflicts for 35 years now and I’ve never seen anyone with their fingernails decorated with the Ukrainian flag. I mean, we are being driven into such a framework where we have to hate Vladimir Putin and believe everything bad that is said about him and love Ukraine. There is simply no other position.”

    A lot of things are happening in Ukraine that we don’t talk about. This concerns the history of Ukraine, the Azov battalion, which is funded by the US and NATO. In the photographs, they are holding NATO flags and a swastika at the same time.

    They use the Nazi emblem from the SS. Everywhere in the Ukrainian army you can see this emblem of their cult. Even female soldiers wear this black badge of their cult.

    The White House pretends that it doesn’t matter that it’s only a small number of troops, but that’s not true. Azov has carved its way into eastern Ukraine through assassinations. We don’t want to admit it.

    That is why Crimea voted for independence, why Crimea wanted to be with Russia. The Western media and the West do not want to admit the reality that Western Ukraine supports the Nazis. There was the headquarters of the Nazis SS, – said the journalist.

  4. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Stock up on body bags for the Russian animals.

    If you are tired of the lying Russian trolls you can express your views to: [email protected]

  5. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    I like the way Bandera’s pigs are on fire. The whole world cannot be deceived. You can squeal, hysteria, complain to anyone, but you will be destroyed, Bendera Nazis.

    A correspondent from Venezuela spoke about the lies of the Western media about the situation around Ukraine:

    The Western media present a lot of false information about the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the Donbass and about what is happening in Ukraine. This was announced on Saturday, March 26, in an interview by a Venezuelan correspondent for the TeleSUR news network.

    According to him, he became stronger in this opinion when he arrived in Ukraine. Moreover, in order to tell the truth about what is happening, I had to overcome the financial and administrative difficulties associated with the US blockade of Venezuela.

    “There is a lot of toxic, manipulative, false information in the world media. Many in Latin America and the Caribbean get their information from the world’s mainstream media. At the same time, they have not talked about the tragedy of Donbass in recent years,” the journalist noted.

    As the reporter emphasized, much that is happening at the moment is hushed up.

    “Not a word about constant bombardments, civilian casualties. Many media show this conflict as a struggle between dictatorship and democracy represented by Ukraine. We know that this is not true, we know what the Nazis really did here. But people are poisoned by the lies of the major Western media. The task of a journalist is to tell the truth, to convey to people what is really happening, ”he said.

    TeleSUR is a Latin American and Caribbean news network headquartered in Caracas.

    Earlier, on March 20, French volunteer sniper Ervan Castel, who arrived in Donbass in 2014 and joined the ranks of the militia, accused Western countries of a flood of fake news after the start of the Russian special operation. He named the material of the Italian edition La Stampa as one of the examples, where the photos after the strike by the Ukrainian Tochka-U missile in the center of Donetsk were cited as “confirmation of the bombardment of Kyiv by the Russian army.”

  6. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    If you are tired of the lying Russian trolls you can express your views to: [email protected]

    I’m sure the owner of the website is more interested in selling advertising and growing the website rather than running off viewers who generate income from advertisers. Some advertisers probably are not interested in paying to give Russian propaganda a platform.

  7. speedster

    May 15, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Looked up book “get up and go”, the writer is Nancy carlson, an american, not a French man.

    Russian soldiers with identification tags removed, in 2914, invaded ukraine, so that the Ukrainian authority in crimea, we’re not mAde aware of who and why these devious troops were in crimea.
    The Russian troops not identifying themselves with patches, then proceeded with weapons to the crime a parliament, which breaks with protocol because in no normal countries do they allow armed troops into parliament because of the danger of a coup, arranged by a devious dictator in power for over twenty years , which is not normal for a president .

  8. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    People from all over the world tell the truth and no lies and propaganda will shut their mouths:

    “Amazing”: German journalist Thomas Röper spoke about the attitude of Ukrainians towards Russians in the liberated territories.

    German journalist Thomas Röper spoke about the attitude of Ukrainians towards Russians in the liberated territories. He noted that the Ukrainians complained to him only about the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and not about the Russian military, which seemed to him “amazing.”

    Roper visited the liberated territories of Donbass and said that residents of Melitopol and Volnovakha complained that they were robbed, tortured and killed by Ukrainian soldiers.

    “I asked people about the behavior of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers and was surprised that only Ukrainians were engaged in robbery, especially before the retreat,” the journalist said.

    According to Reper, civilians noted that the Russian military behaved correctly and tried to help them, which cannot be said about the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    “I expected that there would be at least some complaints about the Russians, but I was wrong. Amazing! Even in Volnovakha, a city smaller than Mariupol and also completely destroyed. When retreating from there, the Armed Forces of Ukraine deliberately fired at the hospital from tanks,” the journalist said.

    Earlier, residents of Mariupol spoke about the horrendous conditions in which they had to exist. According to them, they ate pigeons and drank water from the pool, and the fighters of the national battalions took away food from them.

  9. greenman

    May 15, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    The special operation in Ukraine has killed more Russian troops than the war(not special operation )in Afghanistan, some difference.
    Russians are now setting fire to army recruiting offices in different towns, because they smell a rat, with the special operation. to

    Is it any wonder when Russia is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, number 136 in the global corruption index. That is why they have closed most of the independent media, so russians only see state propaganda on tv.

    The Russian invaders are now like a lobster not aware it is in a pot of water that is gradually being heated towards boiling point. All one can say is the hardboiled russians will no doubt have a smile on their face thinking they were achieving the fictitious propaganda given out by the Rasputin fuhrer.

  10. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    While the Bandera Nazi is composing fairy tales, let’s see the truth:

    A report by American journalists from the territory controlled by the Kyiv regime shows how the Bandera people turned an ordinary school into a military facility.

    In the report of the journalists of the ABC television channel, it is said that the units of the Banderites of Ukraine have made a “military target” out of an ordinary school.

    Also, journalists from the United States point out that Ukrainian militant units use many civilian facilities – schools, hospitals and public buildings – for fortifications and military facilities.

    The ABC TV channel acknowledged and documented the use of schools, hospitals and state institutions by the Ukrainian military for their own purposes.

  11. greenman

    May 15, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Bandera died in 1959, so a deceased Bandera could not have been around to the a school into a military facility.

    Let’s see your a Russian invader and you want to terrorise the ukraine population , what better than describe schools or hospitals as having function changed to a military
    The next logic is to have russians targeting schools hospitals under fictitious, excuse of military instalation .a

    Let’s be sensible would russians turn their schools into military installations, not likely , not would any other country.
    What is happening is the Russian propaganda is working overtime.
    If the invaders were genuine they would not target schools, unless we seems likely they are ethnic cleansing , which is a war crime.

  12. Coen

    May 16, 2022 at 2:47 am

    Alex, what a sad person (trol) you are.

  13. Jacksonian Libertarian

    May 16, 2022 at 3:12 am

    I’m glad to see Gen. Berger getting some attention, he’s the one adapting faster than anyone else to what he calls the “mature precision strike regime”.
    The Switchblade is part of that adaptation, as is all the man portable missiles, and drones (precision strike regime).
    What isn’t part of that adaptation are Tanks, Armor Vehicles, and Cannons, which we see being decimated in Ukraine by guided missiles (steel crematoriums).

  14. John

    May 16, 2022 at 10:12 am

    In the course of a special operation in Ukraine, documentary evidence was obtained that in the immediate vicinity of the Russian borders, in fact, components of biological weapons were created. In violation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Possible methods and mechanisms for destabilizing the epidemiological situation in the post-Soviet space were worked out.
    The Parliamentary Commission on Biolaboratories received confirmation of non-compliance by the United States and Ukraine with a ban on the development of bioweapons.
    Evidence has already been obtained in terms of non-compliance by the United States and Ukraine with their obligations to comply with the UN Convention on the Prohibition of the Development of Bioweapons.
    The Commission on Biolaboratories has begun analyzing the reports of the United States and Ukraine for 5 years on the implementation of the Convention on Bioweapons, in addition, the facts of providing false information by Washington and Kyiv to the Secretariat of the Conference on Bioweapons have been established.
    Consideration of these issues (about biolaboratories) will be held at the UN Security Council. The US authorities are obliged to answer many questions.
    Facts have been established that both the United States and Ukraine provided incomplete or inaccurate information. So there is a complete concealment in the reports of information on biological programs with the support of the US Department of Defense in Ukraine. All reports from Ukraine report a lack of national biosecurity research and development programs.
    1. In a number of cases, information on outbreaks of infectious diseases was not provided, which is a mandatory requirement.
    2. There were no reports of the participation of military personnel in the work of laboratories, as well as the facts of the transfer of biomaterials, funding of facilities and programs by the military departments.
    For example, in 2019, as part of a Pentagon program, two laboratories were built in Kyiv and Odessa for the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection. The answer to the question why the United States needs secret military laboratories in Ukraine, which are not reported in the BTWC reports, is certainly related to the nature of research in the United States.
    There is also evidence of biological weapons research on patients in Ukrainian psychiatric hospitals.
    It is obvious that the Ukrainians were used in the same way as the Third Reich used at one time.

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