Russia initially invaded Ukraine in 2014 and caused a near collapse of its military from the destabilization in Crimea and the Donbas region. Learning lessons from the decades of corruption, pro-Russian collaborators, and Western indecision, Kyiv prepared its homegrown defense industry.

Ukraine has remained active while receiving large quantities of logistics from the West. Preparing their country to become Europe’s next military superpower, Ukraine has developed military capabilities that have successfully targeted essential Russian supply and command centers. One such weaponry in Ukraine’s arsenal is their new 700 KM weapon.

The Introduction of Ukraine’s New 700 KM Arsenal

On August 31st, in a public broadcast, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Kyiv successfully struck a military target 700 KM away with a new long-range weapon. Though not specifying where the attack occurred, Ukraine has frequently hit targets inside Russia throughout the summer.

According to Zelensky’s telegram, this new weapon is produced by Ukraine’s Ministry of Strategic Industries. Recent attacks against strategic targets located deep within Russia, such as the Pskov airbase and factories in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, suggest the missile could’ve been involved in one of those targets.

Ukraine Soldier
A Ukrainian soldier stands by his flag in the aftermath of brutal fighting in Eastern Ukraine this past winter.

Ukraine’s Growing Defense Industry Capabilities

From the backdrop of Russia’s initial success in annexing Crimea and stocking the flames in the Donbas region, Ukraine restructured its defensive posture and prepared for the inevitable full-fledged invasion. Focusing on tackling corruption and returning to the roots of innovations that Ukrainians are known for, Kyiv concentrates on a state arms industry while lobbying for support.

Ukroboronprom, the current state arms producer, has led innovations during the ongoing war. Aside from the new undisclosed 700 KM weapon, Ukroboronprom introduced armed aerial drones with a range of 1000 km and seaborne drones up to 1200 km, respectively.

Russian weapons depots, logistical centers, cargo ships, military barracks, and vital airfields such as Engels have all been successfully targeted thanks to Ukrainian adaptation and innovation.