In the earlier advances of the Russian forces toward Kyiv, satellite imagery revealed that a 40-mile long convoy made up of tanks, armored vehicles, and artillery was on its way to the Ukrainian capital with plans to invade the city that held the helm of their government. As weeks progressed with media reports saying that its movement towards Kyiv was “imminent”, that convoy slowed down until it was literally crawling its way to the capital.

On March 10th, SOFREP reported that the convoy had stalled, believed to be without fuel, food, water and probably short of drivers. This was in the midst of reports that Russian troops were suffering from frostbite and hypothermia in large numbers. All the while, this 40 mile convoy made up mostly of supply vehicles sat there on the road making for a tempting target.

However, a report by The Guardian recently revealed that the column’s halt was not just due to low supplies of fuel. It was also due to a group of elite Ukrainian drone units and some 30 Ukrainian special forces that attacked the convoy under cover of the night. Ukraine has been making use of the hit-and-run tactics throughout the war, reportedly using Javelins, NLAWs, and the Bayraktar TB2 drones to quickly destroy tanks and armored vehicles in rear areas from a distance and withdraw quickly before Russian troops could react. Given the doctrine of Russian armored infantry, they would not move more than 100 yards from their tracked vehicles which made getting away clean pretty easy for Ukrainian troops shooting Javelins missiles almost 3 miles to a target.

Armed with their drones and transported by their quad bikes, this group successfully conducted night ambushes on the Russian convoy, ultimately leading to its retreat and demise as joined the collapse of Russia’s multi-pronged offensive into Ukraine.

This elite group is known as the Aerorozvidka, a group that Volodymyr Kochetkov-Sukach first established in June 2014. It was created in response to the Russian-assisted offensives in Crimea and Donbas. Kochetkov-Sukach was reportedly an investment banker before his service in the organization; he was killed in action in Donbas in 2015.