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Russian occupation forces in Luhansk region have gunned down an unmanned aerial vehicle of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.

Conducting a mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight to observe a snow removal operation near Popasna over the T-0504 road, the OSCE SMM "heard six bursts of small-arms fire approximately 1.5-2km east of its position, which it assessed as aimed at the UAV.  The mini-UAV lost altitude and the SMM lost control over the UAV and was unable to recover it," according to the OSCE SMM spot report of Jan 10.

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According to the Ukrainian side to the JCCC, provocative actions of Russian army's mercenaries intend to conceal their fire in the direction of the Joint Forces.

The Ukrainian side to the JCCC considers the actions of Russian occupation forces against the OSCE SMM patrols inadmissible and irresponsible, qualifying them as a gross violation of Minsk agreements.

“With such armed attacks, the occupiers are trying to intimidate OSCE mission officials and force them to curtail their operations in Luhansk region,” the report reads.