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Ukraine Increases Use Of “Kamikaze” Drones - Infographics

Kyiv is stepping up attacks against Russian warships with the use of domestically produced sea drones, which have crippled Moscow’s naval capability in the Black Sea.

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The Magura V5, named after a Slavic goddess of war, has an 800 km range, so it can easily reach the Crimean peninsula and even the Russian coastline. It can allegedly carry 350kg of payload, enough to sink a warship.

The Magura drone can sail up to 78km/h. Thanks to its speed and size—5.5 m long—it's hard to spot, especially among the waves at night.

The drone's hydrodynamic hull and sleek profile allow it to move secretly, making it easy to launch from any remote location.

Another advantage of the Magura is that it does not require a complex infrastructure to launch. The control panel of this marine drone looks quite compact, no larger than a modern laptop.

Sea drones are proving difficult to stop, especially when launched in swarms to overwhelm a ship's defenses.

In the latest reported strike, Ukrainian naval drones attacked the Sergei Kotov patrol ship near the Kerch Strait, according to Ukraine's military intelligence agency.

In February, drones sank Russia's Caesar Kunikov amphibious landing ship and Ivanovets missile corvette.