This video is a prime example of the senselessness, chaos, confusion and horror of war.
A Russian soldier approaches a foxhole with two pitiable Ukrainians cowering inside, sitting on top of a dead comrade. One is a young man, perhaps in his early twenties, the other is much older. They both appear confused, perhaps suffering concussion.
The Russian demands that they throw away their weapons and surrender.
The older Ukrainian is confused, and says words to the effect that they are on the same side.
The Russian tries to pull the gun away from the old man, but he resists.
When he sees what is happening, the younger man – who is bleeding from the head – puts up his hands and begins to plead for his life just a moment before the Russian kills them both in a spray of bullets.
Cheap, mass-produced drones are already being deployed on a daily basis in the conflict in Ukraine. In the future, we can expect vast improvements in drone technology and munitions. Drone swarms and the tactics and technology to counter them will become common-place on any battlefield.
Not only are they being used to accurately drop explosives, drones can work in spotting roles with other elements such as infantry or artillery.
One of the most startling results of the increased use of drones is the high quality footage they record of their own work – bombs, guns, grenades don’t come with their own cameras to record the after-effects in high definition.
Drones are for the first time recording the sad, lonely and disturbing final moments of soldiers on the battlefield – and these videos are now recorded, edited with music by the soldiers and shared online.