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Ukrainian servicemen attend a training to use drones in Zaporizhzhia region.

Reuters

Ukraine tries to wreck Russian morale

Ukrainian drones reportedly hit a Russian super bomber at the Soltsy-2 base outside St. Petersburg, which is a significant 400 miles (650 km) from the Ukrainian border. The Soviet-era bomber, used to carry long-range missiles, has been used throughout the war to flatten Ukrainian cities.

While this lone attack is unlikely to alter Russia’s air capabilities, it is a boon for Kyiv for a few reasons.

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A damaged office building following a reported Ukrainian drone attack in Moscow.

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

More drone strikes on Moscow

Early Tuesday, a drone struck a Moscow skyscraper that houses Russian government ministries. It was the second drone attack on that building in just 48 hours. Ukraine’s government has not yet acknowledged responsibility, but its military is suspected for obvious reasons.

Though Ukraine has no way of matching the intensity and destructive power of Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities, there are several reasons why these drone strikes matter.

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A sign prohibiting drones flying over Red Square is on display near the State Historical Museum and the Kremlin wall in central Moscow, Russia.

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Are Ukrainian fighters hidden inside Russia?

According to a CNN report on Monday, unnamed US officials say Ukraine has assembled a network of trained agents inside Russia and is providing them with drones and other weapons to carry out attacks on various Russian targets. These officials say the saboteurs have links to Ukrainian intelligence services, and that President Volodymyr Zelensky has established guidelines for what they can and can’t do, though he doesn’t personally sign off on every operation.

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