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‘Like playing a computer game’: On the frontline with one of Ukraine’s deadliest drone pilots

By Daniel Boffey

07 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Olexsandr, a former IT worker, has become one of Ukraine's deadliest kamikaze drone pilots, The Guardian reports. Since May 2021, he has destroyed 20 pieces of Russian military hardware and damaged 16 more.

Before Vladimir Putin launched his full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Olexsandr, 32, had been an IT guy at a logistics company. “Flextronics company,” he says. “I think you know it because we have a big warehouse in, let me remember, not so far from Manchester: Warrington. I haven’t been.”

Today, Olexsandr’s reputation is not built on his skills in fixing software glitches for a multinational company, but on a kill tally that makes him perhaps Ukraine’s deadliest kamikaze drone pilot on the frontline. “I haven’t met anyone who has destroyed more,” he reluctantly admits.

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