The column carrying heavy military trucks and tanks was approaching the capital from the west. But tens of kilometers before Kyiv, as they were waiting for the green light to attack the city, they were attacked and beaten by the Ukrainian army. However, the Russians dug in a well. But that was not counting 15-year-old Andrei Bokrasa.
The teenager is passionate about drones. “He was the only one who had experience using drones in the region,” said Commander Yuri Kachanov. So we risked putting him in it. Despite his young age. And successfully. “He is a real hero.”
Commander Kachanov assures that Andrey was never at any point in danger. “The Ukrainian army was in dire need of the GPS coordinates of the Russian attackers,” said Andrey Pokrasa, who flew high over the area to take pictures of the Russian forces.
Before the Russian military realized they were being spied on from the air, the teen summoned his drone to the field where he had left it. It was a drone provided by the Ukrainian army. My drone doesn’t reach this height and that far. It took a while to get used to it, but everything went very smoothly.”
His father later passed GPS coordinates to the army, and soon after that, the Russian column at Berezivka, about 40 kilometers west of Kyiv, was attacked and obstructed.
Since then, about 1,000 civilian drone workers have volunteered to help the military. Not with their drones, but with drones that are provided by the military and have a much longer range.
Dozens of Russians were killed
However, Andrii Pokrasa did not receive any training. With the money he and his father earned buying and selling cryptocurrency, he bought his first drone last summer and started flying it every day.
He tries not to believe that a dozen Russian soldiers may have died thanks to the information he was able to provide to the Ukrainian army. “They are the attackers, not us,” he says.