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    Military Drones Are Swarming the Skies of Ukraine – And Anything Goes When It Comes to International Law

    Military Drones Are Swarming the Skies of Ukraine – And Anything Goes When It Comes to International Law

    Loud explosions rock the evening sky. Streaks of light appear like comets. Missiles rain down. Below, people scramble for cover. The injured are taken on stretchers – the dead, buried.

    That is daily life in , where pilotless vehicles known as drones litter the sky in an endless video gamelike – but actually very real – war with .

    Both Russia and Ukraine are using drones in this war to remotely locate targets and drop bombs, among other purposes.

    Today, drones are used in various other conflicts, but are also used to deliver packages, track weather, drop pesticides and entertain drone hobbyists.

    Welcome to the world of drones. They range from small consumer quadcopters to remotely piloted warplanes – and all types are being used by militaries around the world.

    As a scholar of public diplomacy and foreign policy – and a former United States under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs – I know how important it is for people to understand drones and their proliferation, given the risks of war, terrorism and accidental drone clashes in the world today.

    A Ukrainian soldier launches a drone close to the frontline near Avdiivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 17, 2023. (AP /Libkos)

    A buying spree

    The U.S. is among more than 100 countries using drones in times of conflict.

    Terrorists have also been known to deploy drones because they…

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