OSCE: "DPR" militants trying to shoot down SMM's UAV in Donbas

23:50, 21 August 2017
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine says Russian-backed militants of the called "DPR" (self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic) were trying to shoot down an SMM unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to the OSCE SMM report based on information received as of 19:30, 20 August 2017.


In "DPR"-controlled Dokuchaievsk, the Mission heard small-arms fire assessed as targeting its unmanned aerial vehicle, the report says.

In particular, on August 19 at about 13:00, while flying a mini unmanned aerial vehicle in "DPR"-controlled Dokuchaievsk (30km south-west of Donetsk) to follow up on reports of damage from shelling, the SMM heard bursts and shots of small-arms fire (about 35 rounds in total) 15-20m south.

The observers also saw an armed man, in military-style clothing and carrying a hand-held radio, pointing with his hand at the UAV while the shots were being fired.

Read alsoOSCE reports new violations of Minsk accords, MLRS in occupied DonbasThe SMM landed and recovered the UAV, which did not appear to be damaged.

Armed "DPR" members at the site told a Russian Federation Armed Forces officer of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) accompanying the SMM that they had not been notified in advance of the flight, the reports says.

However, the Mission had informed the JCCC in advance about the flight, the observers noted.

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