A 15-year-old, who is a drone wunderkind, has become an incredibly valuable asset for freedom-loving Ukraine.
The young man has been instrumental in the destruction of entire tank columns by the Russian invaders.
Right Young Man at the Right Time
Andrii Pokrasa, who lives in a town close to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, has been aiding the defense of his nation.
The 15-year-old, who had been known as a highly-skilled pilot of a consumer mini-drone since last year, was actually approached shortly after the invasion began by the Ukrainian Territorial Defense.
Pokrasa was asked to help them discover the location of a vast Russian tank convoy that was threatening Ukraine’s capital from the west, approaching the E40 highway between Kyiv and the city of Zhitomir, according to a report by Canada-based Global News.
The young man immediately went into the field in the evening. He managed to snap photos of the Russian invaders’ column and their GPS coordinates, which were then sent to the Ukrainian military.
The report recounts how defenders of Ukraine were so impressed with the work that they recruited the 15-year-old permanently as they keep fighting against Russian aggressors.
Pokrasa was then assigned the controls of a military-grade, longer-range drone of an unspecified brand.
The report cites Yurii Kasjanov, the head of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense unit who recruited the high school student as describing him as “a real hero,” as well as a “hero of Ukraine.”
Kasjanov pointed out Pokrasa was the only person in that region of Ukraine to have been “experienced with drones” at a time when his nation so badly needed his help.
Andrii Pokrasa – 15-year-old Hero!
He used his toy drone to determine the coordinates of a column of enemy vehicles that was moving towards #Kyiv along the #Zhytomyr highway, and handed over the coordinates to the Armed Forces of #Ukraine. As a result, the column was destroyed. pic.twitter.com/4KY1pjfoqZ
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) June 8, 2022
How a 15-year-old Ukrainian drone pilot helped destroy a Russian army column▶ #ukraine #drones #russian #UkraineRussiaWar #Ukraine https://t.co/UhcunVBh6y
— Nexth Live (@NexthLive) June 7, 2022
15-Year-Old Boy Risks His Life to Help Ukraine Military Using His Toy Drones to Locate Advancing Russian Convoys https://t.co/w7gKtiAiF9
— Monte OZ (@MonteOzAfrica) June 7, 2022
Hero of Ukraine is a 15 year old boy who used a toy drone to pinpoint a Russian convoy which was then destroyedhttps://t.co/i5u25ARrsq
— Cat Chi (@batsflywest) June 8, 2022
‘Very, Very Scary’
The young hero himself is quoted as describing the entire experience of helping fight off Russian invaders as “very, very scary.”
Yet, he was unwavering in his will to defend his hometown and nation from the vicious attack of Putin’s brutes.
His job was to “find the exact coordinates” and give them “to the soldiers.” The 15-year-old said Ukrainian troops “targeted the location” of the Russian tanks as soon as he and his father supplied them with the needed coordinates and photos.
Another remarkable way in which young Ukrainians defied the viciousness of Putin invaders was a high school prom performance held by graduates. This came amid the ruins of their high school destroyed by Russian bombardments.
The graduates of School No. 134 in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, which barely survived the Russian invasion, keep getting targeted.
They performed formal dances under the watch of heavily armed Ukrainian military troops in a highly significant gesture of defying the evil of Putin’s Russia.
Students of School #134, Kharkiv, danced their prom waltz against the backdrop of the ruins of their Alma mater.
Heavily damaged days after #Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, the school later became the last outpost for #Russian occupiers in Kharkiv.
— MFA of Ukraine 🇺🇦 (@MFA_Ukraine) June 6, 2022
In Ukraine, the heartbreak never ends. 😢
Students dance the waltz at their prom held in front of their destroyed school in Kharkiv.#HeyPutin 🖕🏼#SlavaUkraini 💔🇺🇦🕊️ https://t.co/wrkjy3DF9e
— Tibor M. Kalman (@kalmantibs) June 6, 2022
A prom dance in a #Kharkiv school ruined by Russians. #Ukraine #UkraineRussianWar https://t.co/04mmQaRlib
— HowManyRoads? 🇺🇦 (@roads_how) June 6, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of June 8, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/5zLDgtU6Nt
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) June 8, 2022