Russian proxies attempt to down OSCE drone in Donbas

12:13, 13 June 2017
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported that its mini unmanned aerial vehicle came under militant fire in an occupied area in Donetsk region on June 11.

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"The SMM heard shots and bursts near its mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)," the SMM said in a report based on information received as of 19:30 local time on June 11, 2017.

It is noted that "on 11 June, positioned 4km east of 'DPR'-controlled Mineralne (10km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM launched a mini-UAV. The SMM had co-ordinated the flight with the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC)."

Read alsoOSCE monitors report 680 explosions in Donbas on June 6"At 11:13, while the UAV was flying about 900m north of the SMM's position, the SMM heard four-five shots of IFV (BMP-2) cannon fire and bursts of anti-aircraft cannon (ZU-23) 1km north of the SMM's position," the report says.

"The SMM recalled the UAV during which time it heard unaccountable shots and bursts of small-arms fire 300m north of the SMM's position, assessed as targeting the UAV. The SMM safely landed the UAV at 11:18 and left the area. The Mission informed the JCCC about the incident and requested that it follow up," the OSCE said.

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