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Lethal Effects of Drone Warfare in Ukraine War



As demand for drones on the front lines rises, Ukraine is quickly expanding both its import and manufacturing of drones, similar to Russia. The government has loosened import regulations and eliminated taxes on drone equipment and parts. The Army of Drones, a lucrative fundraising initiative, is helping to pay for the expansion.


In the current battle between Russia and Ukraine, however, the use of weaponized drones has had fatal repercussions for humans, including the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe.


The necessity for a proposal for both sides to negotiate an end to the war is growing more pressing as the Russian military steps up its drone assaults on Kyiv and Ukrainian troops use more homemade drones to hit Russian targets. The agreement of both parties to stop utilising weaponized drones could be the first step towards achieving this aim.


While some contend that the employment of drones gives military operations a strategic edge, the truth is that doing so simply serves to prolong hostilities and cause the senseless deaths of innocent people. Conflicts all around the world have shown this, including the botched US drone attacks on civilian targets in the illegitimate wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.


Additionally, the employment of armed drones raises the possibility of mishaps and unforeseen consequences by extending the combat beyond conventional battlegrounds.


In the case of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, where the use of drones has led to the evacuation of nearly 1,700 people, including 660 children, from the area surrounding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, Europe's largest nuclear plant, the potential repercussions of drone warfare are particularly high. The situation there is, in the words of the UN, "increasingly unpredictable and potentially dangerous."


Leaders on all sides of the dispute must recognise the necessity of negotiating a peaceful resolution given the high stakes involved in the use of weaponized drones. The true cost of this fight is being carried by millions of innocent civilians who have been forced to flee their homes or have been caught in the crossfire, despite the fact that the war may be perceived as a struggle for victory.


It's time for all parties to stop using drones that can be used as weapons and start working towards a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Only then, free from the terror and destruction of war, can the people of Russia and Ukraine start to restore their lives and communities.


The world needs to take immediate action to help achieve this objective and make sure that drone warfare's lethal effects never happen again.

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