Russian schools buying same drones used in Ukraine to teach kids how to use them

Russian students are being trained how to assemble and fly drones using “training UAVs” similar to the ones used by both Russia and Ukraine against each other in battle in recent weeks.

An in-depth investigation by Russian news site iStories has found that several schools spent around £10,000 per drone to launch new “building and programming drones” course for ages 12 to 15.

They will start in Autumn this year.

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One school, in Yakutsk, has ordered kits for DJI Mini Three Pro drones – the same Chinese-built drones used by both Russia and Ukraine in battle and reconnaissance.

The report states: “Schoolchildren in the Kaliningrad region will be taught not only to manage, but also to develop drones.

“Secondary school No. 50 in Kaliningrad placed a purchase of an 'educational air module for the development of UAVs for 9.4 million rubles (£92,000).

“The school will spend another five million rubles (£50,000) on the 'software and hardware complex for piloting an unmanned aircraft with the function of aerial photography'.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously called for schools to start teaching “educational programmes” around drones as soon as possible.

He said in April: “This so-called early career guidance will ultimately benefit the country.”

The panic over drone use started earlier this week when Ukraine retaliated to the “largest ever drone attack” on its capital city of Kyiv by firing several drones straight into Moscow.

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Residents in the Russian capital reported hearing explosions on Wednesday and Mayor Sergei Sobyanin later confirmed buildings had been damaged, but claimed no one had been seriously injured.

Two buildings were evacuated in the course of the attack, he confirmed.

Andrei Vorobyov, governor of the wider Moscow region, later said several drones were “shot down on the approach to Moscow.”

It was the second reported an attack on Moscow, after authorities said two drones targeted the Kremlin earlier this month in what was labelled an attempt on Putin’s life.

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