15:18 06 Sep 2023

Solutions to win: Ukrainian student launches bot to intercept Russia's combat aircraft frequencies

Фото: КПІ ім. Ігоря Сікорського

Artem Levkivsky, a student of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, has created the world's first service that monitors the combat frequencies of enemy Russian aircraft.

What is the problem?

With the beginning of Russia's shelling to destroy Ukraine's energy infrastructure, Artem got interested in monitoring combat frequencies and Russian strategic aviation.

Just on Wednesday night of September 6, the Russian army attacked Ukrainian regions with missiles and drones, firing a total of 33 aerial targets.

The student was listening to Russian combat communications and aircraft frequencies. He met another student Vlad to release the final project.

While we were chatting, we discovered that we had quite similar ideas for the project, so he and I teamed up in mid-May, and he started developing it closer to July, Levkivsky emphasized.

Artem believes automated monitoring is essential because he can easily intercept enemy frequencies.

What is the solution?

Artem Levkivsky, a 22-year-old Ukrainian developer and KPI student, and his student friends created the Telegram bot "Raccoon," which is the first in the world to automatically monitor Russian combat frequencies.

How does it work?

The KPI press release says Artem Levkivsky named his bot "Ukrainian Raccoon" (@ukrainian_raccoon_bot), which can monitor the combat frequencies of Russian strategic aviation and the Black Sea Fleet, determine the most likely cause of an air raid,  find the closest shelter to Ukrainians (currently based in Kyiv); report thunder so that civilians do not confuse thunderstorms with explosions, and monitor the radiation background, enemy losses.

If you're wondering why we named our bot like this, it's simple to explain. It's a reference to a Kherson raccoon, kidnapped by the Russians from the occupied zoo, Artem said.

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