How Ukraine Tricks Russia Into Wasting Ammunition

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Ever wondered how a country can defend itself without firing a single shot? Ukraine has found an innovative way to trick Russia into wasting ammunition. What’s their secret? Decoys. And we’re not talking about simple scarecrows; we’re talking about high-quality replicas of military equipment.

Key Takeaways

  • Metinvest, Ukraine’s largest steel maker, produces high-quality replicas of military equipment.
  • These decoys attract enemy fire, saving real equipment and lives.
  • About half of the 250 produced decoys have been targeted.
  • The company is planning to expand into making decoys of tanks and vehicles.

The Decoy Game

Metinvest, Ukraine’s largest steel maker, has stepped up in a unique way. They’ve started producing replicas of military equipment, like howitzers and radar stations. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill fakes. They are made from plastic foam and scrap but designed to look just like the real deal.

Why Decoys?

So, what’s the point of all this? It’s simple. Every missile or drone that targets these decoys is one less aimed at real equipment and soldiers. You can believe that this could be a game-changer in a conflict where resources are always limited.

The Production Process

How do they do it? Metinvest has a dedicated workshop for this. They scour the internet for images of real weapons and analyze how to replicate them using lightweight materials.

So far, they’ve made around 250 decoys1, and guess what? About half of them have already been targeted. That’s a lot of wasted ammo and most likely, some saved lives!

Expanding the Arsenal

What’s next? Tanks and vehicles. The workshop is now exploring how to produce decoys of larger military assets. We think this could be a real boon for Ukraine’s defense strategy.

Final Thoughts

This initiative by Metinvest2 is nothing short of brilliant. By creating decoys, they’re not just saving equipment; they’re saving lives. It’s an incredible example of how creativity can be a powerful weapon in warfare.

Your Take

So, what do you think about Ukraine’s decoy strategy? Do you think it’s effective? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Drop your comments below!

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Reza Rafati

Reza Rafati, based in the Netherlands, is the founder of An industry professional providing insightful commentary on infosec, cybercrime, cyberwar, and threat intelligence, Reza dedicates his work to bolster digital defenses and promote cyber awareness.

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