Wall Street Journal

AI and the Art of War in Ukraine

Both sides are using revolutionary means to wage battles on land and in the air.

Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow in Strategy and Statesmanship
A Ukrainian serviceman tests an anti-drone gun during a presentation of radio-electronic warfare (WB) and radio-electronic intelligence (PER) systems of the Ukrainian company Kvertus in Lviv region on May 28, 2024, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The event was organized by the charity foundation 'Zavzhdy UA' (Forever Ukraine) with the Ukrainian company Kvertus. (Photo by YURIY DYACHYSHYN / AFP) (Photo by YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP via Getty Images)
A Ukrainian serviceman tests an anti-drone gun in the Lviv region on May 28, 2024. (Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP via Getty Images)

Kharkiv, Ukraine

This wasn’t the easiest time to visit Ukraine’s second-largest city. The local power grid and infrastructure were taking serious hits as missiles and glide bombs struck the city from nearby Russian territory. “Double tap” attacks, by which Russians strike a civilian target and wait for first responders to rush to the scene before launching a second strike, were becoming more common. I watched rescue workers dig through the wreckage of a big-box hardware store searching for body fragments to identify in a nearby forensic lab. After a second attack, I spoke with stunned office and factory workers waiting to have their injuries treated in a local hospital ward. As bulldozers tore up fields north of the city so workers could prepare trenches against possible Russian advances, Kharkiv was experiencing its tensest days since Moscow’s first assault fell short in 2022.

Things should improve. Russian advances have slowed as reinforcements bolster Ukraine’s defense farther north. With the flow of air-defense weapons resuming, and Western countries easing restrictions on Ukraine’s use of defensive weapons against immediate cross-border targets, there is reason to hope the city’s residents can soon live with more security and less fear.

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