In the icy grip of its third winter at war, Ukraine’s beating the drums of innovation to outsmart the Russian juggernaut.

As the snow blankets the battered landscapes, Kyiv’s not just waiting on the slow grind of foreign aid or the promised gear from allies that’s stuck in the pipeline.

No, under the steely gaze of President Zelenskyy, Ukraine has been doubling down on its own muscle and mind, pushing its military-industrial complex into overdrive.

It’s a pivot to self-reliance that fuels a surge in homegrown tech – drones buzzing with new purpose, robotics flexing their steel sinews, and cyber warriors sharpening their digital blades.