Ukraine Seems to Use Switchblade Suicide Drone On Russian Territory For First Time Since War Began – When President Joe Biden said that the United States would not supply Ukraine with long-range missiles or artillery that could strike Russian territory in May, it was an attempt to ensure that Ukrainian troops could not launch attacks on Russian soil using U.S.-made or U.S.-supplied equipment. Such a move could easily be viewed as an escalation by Russia and could have risked conflict outside Ukraine’s borders.
Despite not providing those long-range missiles or artillery to Ukraine, however, soldiers this week successfully used a U.S.-supplied Switchblade 300 drone to launch a deadly attack on Russian territory.
The attack, which took place at the Troebortnoe crossing in Bryansk Oblast to the north of central Ukraine, was also recorded by Ukrainian drones.
19FortyFive has not been able to prove the accuracy of the videos surrounding this incident independently. However, we have shown the footage to several Russian and Ukrainian military analysts; all stated they believe the video and evidence provided online seem accurate to the best of their abilities.
Watch the Strike Take Place
Video footage recorded by the Switchblade drone was shared online this week. By nature of the drone functioning as a loitering munition, meaning the drone itself is the weapon, the footage cuts off just before the strike occurs. The second half of the clip, however, features footage recorded by an additional drone nearby.
Popular English-language war analysis Twitter account Ukraine Weapons Tracker also confirmed the exact coordinates of where the strike took place.
“In a first for the war so far, today Ukrainian forces are confirmed to have used a US-supplied Switchblade 300 loitering munition on Russian territory, at the Troebortnoe crossing in #Bryansk Oblast, barely 2km from the Ukrainian border (51.88214, 34.34705),” the account writes.
#Russia: In a first for the war so far, today Ukrainian forces are confirmed to have used a US-supplied Switchblade 300 loitering munition on Russian territory, at the Troebortnoe crossing in #Bryansk Oblast, barely 2km from the Ukrainian border (51.88214, 34.34705). pic.twitter.com/u3ALulfIY4
— ?? Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) July 26, 2022
Ukraine Weapons Tracker also shared photographs purportedly of the destroyed loitering munition on the ground, covered in what looks like blood. The account claims that Russian sources said one civilian was killed and three others were injured in the attack.
“Though we can’t comment on the accuracy of either claim, it is quite significant that a US-supplied weapon has been used by Ukraine against Russian territory,” they noted.
According to Russian sources, 1 civilian was killed, 3 more injured. The Ukrainian side claims FSB agents were targeted.
Though we can’t comment on the accuracy of either claim, it is quite significant that a US-supplied weapon has been used by Ukraine against Russian territory. pic.twitter.com/qeQtkrSvsR
— ?? Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) July 26, 2022
Video footage purportedly from the site of the strike was also shared on a Russian-language Telegram account, with the author also claiming that the weapon used was an American-supplied Switchblade drone.
“New circumstances of today’s shelling in the Bryansk region near the customs post have become known,” the Telegram post reads. “The Ukrainian Nazis used the American tactical loitering munition Switchblade (kamikaze drone) against the civilian population.”
Брянская обл., таможенный пункт “Троебортное”, последствия удара и обломки дрона-камикадзе “Switchblade 300” https://t.co/BdtUqHfguf #RussianUkrainianWar pic.twitter.com/wW4DQyjY9r
— Necro Mancer (@666_mancer) July 26, 2022
The footage, recorded with a cell phone camera on the ground, shows the cars seen in the UAV footage. Blood can be seen on the ground, car windows are visibly smashed, and the remnants of the Switchblade drone are also visible on the ground.
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July 27, 2022 at 10:05 am
Attaboys! Take the fight to them, let them taste being violated like this on their own lands.
July 27, 2022 at 10:21 am
It’s not a missile. It’s a drone.
July 27, 2022 at 1:06 pm
This site is nothing but propaganda, and it’s laughable.
Deep state c+cksuckers…
from Russia with love
July 27, 2022 at 10:45 am
good article. the author publicly admits that the United States supplies its weapons to terrorists who terrorize and deliberately kill civilians.
July 27, 2022 at 10:49 am
Nothing makes me harder than World War III.
July 27, 2022 at 11:54 am
It’s said they had been civilians in an obviously non-civilian location where the drone hit. On the other hand, apartment buildings full of civilians military targets to be fired at with rockets.
July 27, 2022 at 12:00 pm
What an achievement! One civilian dead and three other civilians wounded. I’m so impressed! 1945 is an assemblage of reprobates.
July 27, 2022 at 12:47 pm
This post is to ALL US politicians:
Rest ASSURED that WHEN the US power grid is shut down-Russia/China/Israel/Saudi Arabia will be the VERY LAST thing on my mind as I seek you out to “thank” you for your “service” to the public…
Just a heads up.