What the Drone Strikes on the Kremlin Reveal About the War in Ukraine

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May 4, 2023

A still image taken from video shows a flying object approaching the dome of the Kremlin Senate building in Moscow, Russia, May 2, 2023, photo by Ostorozhno Novosti

A still image taken from video shows a flying object approaching the dome of the Kremlin Senate building in Moscow, Russia, May 2, 2023

Photo by Ostorozhno Novosti/Reuters

This commentary originally appeared on The Atlantic on May 4, 2023.

At about 3 a.m. Moscow time on May 3, a pair of drones appeared to explode on or near a dome at the Kremlin. The explosions were caught on camera from several angles and seemed to cause little damage. Videos of the strikes aired on Russian state television and rapidly made the rounds on the internet. Things only got weirder from there.…

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Brynn Tannehill is a former aviator in the U.S. Navy and a senior technical analyst at the RAND Corporation.

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