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Modern electronic warfare systems allow Ukrainian Armed Forces to advance south of Bakhmut, ISW

Modern electronic warfare systems allow Ukrainian Armed Forces to advance south of Bakhmut, ISW Modern electronic warfare equipment allowed the Ukrainian Armed Forces to advance south of Bakhmut (Photo: Getty Images)

The success of the offensive conducted in September 2013 south of Bakhmut by Ukrainian forces was due to the superior electronic warfare and air reconnaissance systems compared to those of the enemy, Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reports.

In August 2023, Ukrainian electronic warfare systems caused significant disruptions to Russian communications in the western portion of the Zaporizhzhia region. According to experts from ISW, Russian electronic warfare systems are inconsistently effective across the front, which allows Ukrainians to maintain the use of drone-based reconnaissance and attacking systems to disrupt Russian offensive operations.

According to experts, neither Russia nor Ukraine currently holds a clear advantage in electronic warfare. However, increased aid from Western allies to Ukraine could enhance accuracy in targeting near the front line, impeding Russia's offensive and potentially allowing for further Ukrainian counteroffensives.

ISW's key findings

  • On November 24-25, Russian troops carried out the most significant kamikaze drone attack on Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, using a new version of Iranian Shahed 131/136 drones.
  • On November 25, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that Western partners had approved the provision of ships to guard Ukraine's grain corridor in the Black Sea.
  • On November 25, Russian troops carried out offensive operations on the Kupiansk-Svatove-Kreminna line and in the areas of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, making advances in some regions.
  • Frontline units have reportedly requested drones from the Russian military command, which has been unresponsive.
  • According to the Ministry of Reintegration of Ukraine, over 13,500 Ukrainians have returned to Ukraine from Russia through the humanitarian corridor in the Sumy region since its establishment in July 2023.

Vice Prime Minister for Innovations, Development of Education, Science & Technologies, Mykhailo Fedorov, announced yesterday that Ukraine is in the process of developing a "Robot Army" and an "Army of REWs".