For the sixth week in a row, an unmanned aerial vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission was targeted by small-arms fire.
On March 10, near non-government-controlled Ternove, armed men fired on the OSCE-operated UAV, preventing technical monitoring and endangering SMM UAV operators, that's according to a report the Mission posted on Twitter.
#OSCE’s Hug: For the 6th week in a row, SMM UAV was targeted by small-arms fire; on 10 March, near non-govt-ctrl Ternove, armed men fired on UAV, preventing technical monitoring and endangering SMM UAV operators. #supportSMMpic.twitter.com/mlT7dIXWej— OSCE SMM Ukraine (@OSCE_SMM) March 16, 2018
As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 5 at 12:55, an armed militant confronted an SMM patrol consisting of two armored vehicles and pointed his assault rifle directly at the first vehicle, ordering that the patrol leave.
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