OSCE spots bomber flying over Russian-occupied Starobesheve in Donbas
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported its monitors spotted a military aircraft flying near the Russian-occupied village of Starobesheve in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.
"At 10:00 on 15 February, while positioned in the south-western outskirts of Starobesheve (non-government-controlled, 32km south-east of Donetsk), the SMM saw a flying object south-east of its location flying from south-west to north-east," the OSCE SMM said in an update based on information received as of 19:30 local time on February 17, 2019.
"Based on hand-held imagery, the SMM assessed it as a swept wing four-engine turbo-prop aircraft (likely a Tupolev TU-95 or Tupolev TU-142)," the report said.
"From 10:50-11:10, positioned in an area north-west of Liubivka (formerly Leninske, non-government-controlled, 43km south-east of Donetsk), the SMM saw an aircraft (likely a Tupolev TU-95 or Tupolev TU-142) east of its location flying from north to south and back again," monitors wrote.