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Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Federov speaks to drone makers and drone pilot trainers at an event south of Kyiv on June 15. Federov leads the Army of Drones project that has allowed Ukraine to make wide use of drones, for reconnaissance and attacks, offsetting the huge advantage Russia has with its traditional air force. Kateryna Malofieieva / NPR hide caption

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How Ukraine created an 'Army of Drones' to take on Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, Gleb Nikitin, during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Wednesday. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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Russia alleges Ukraine tried to attack the Kremlin in a Putin assassination attempt

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China's leader Xi Jinping claps as he listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin via a video link, from the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec. 2, 2019. Xi will meet Putin this week on a visit to Moscow. Noel Celis/Pool photo via AP hide caption

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An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft flies by during a training mission at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada on Nov. 17, 2015. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite downed drone, U.S. says it will keep flying near Ukraine

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A woman walks past graffiti depicting a Ukrainian soldier firing a missile, in Kyiv on Jan. 25. The Russians are fighting an intense air war, but it involves mostly missiles, drones and anti-aircraft system. Traditional air strikes by piloted war planes have been relatively rare. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Russia and Ukraine battle daily in the sky. So where are the pilots?

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Emergency workers and police examine a building that was hit during a Russian drone strike Wednesday morning in Kyiv. Ukraine says it shot down all 13 drones that targeted the capital. The damage was apparently caused after the drone was hit and came crashing down. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Yevhenia Podvoiska and Tatiana Kuznetsova, from left, both policewomen, steer and navigate a drone during class in Kyiv on Oct. 27. Students must learn to work in pairs: a pilot and a navigator. Julian Hayda/NPR hide caption

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Ukrainian women have started learning a crucial war skill: how to fly a drone

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A resident looks out the window holding a candle for light inside her house during a power outage, in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Thursday. Airstrikes cut power and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians on Tuesday, part of what the country's president called an expanding Russian campaign to drive the nation into the cold and dark. Emilio Morenatti/AP hide caption

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A member of a Ukrainian military surveillance team gets ready to launch a drone from a wheat field in southern Ukraine. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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In the Russia-Ukraine war, drones are one of the most powerful weapons

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A Kargu rotary-wing attack drone loitering munition system manufactured by the STM defense company of Turkey. A U.N. report says the weapons system was used in Libya in March 2020. Emre Cavdar/STM hide caption

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Kevin Chen, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, envisions a time when his insect-sized drone could be used as a search and rescue robot — to find survivors in disaster debris that bigger drones couldn't reach. Kevin Yufeng Chen hide caption

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Don't Swat This Bug. It Might Be A Robot On A Rescue Mission

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced new rules Monday that would ease restrictions on the use of drones and will likely expand commercial uses of the technology down the road. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Surfer Matt Wilkinson has a close encounter with a shark while surfing at Sharpes Beach in New South Wales. Surf Life Saving NSW/Surf Life Saving NSW/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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A bald eagle takes flight from a tree along the Platte River in Denver, Colorado. In Michigan, a bald eagle is being blamed for an attack that downed one of the state's drones. RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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