“The TB2 has now carried out more than eight hundred strikes, in conflicts from North Africa to the Caucasus. The bombs it carries can adjust their trajectories in midair, and are so accurate that they can be delivered into an infantry trench. Military analysts had previously assumed that slow, low-flying drones would be of little use in conventional combat, but the TB2 can take out the anti-aircraft systems that are designed to destroy it. ‘This enabled a fairly significant operational revolution in how wars are being fought right now,’ Rich Outzen, a former State Department specialist on Turkey, told me. ‘This probably happens once every thirty or forty years.'” Stephen Witt in The New Yorker: The Turkish Drone That Changed the Nature of Warfare. “The Bayraktar TB2 has brought precision air-strike capabilities to Ukraine and other countries. It’s also a diplomatic tool, enabling Turkey’s rise.”

+ On Mother’s Day, “First lady Jill Biden made a surprise visit into Ukraine on Sunday and met with Olena Zelenska, the wife of President Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelenska has been in hiding since Russia’s invasion began in late February.” And there was one other unannounced visit over the weekend. Bono and The Edge held a concert at Kyiv bomb shelter.

+ “Patron, whose name means ‘ammo’ in Ukrainian, is credited with detecting more than 200 undetonated explosive devices since the beginning of the war in late February.” Patron the bomb-sniffing dog cements his hero status with a presidential medal.