9 March 2018, 17:02


LPR People's Militia grounds Ukrainian UAV outside Smeloye (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, March 9 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The LPR People's Militia has grounded a Ukrainian UAV used by Kiev forces for reconnaissance purposes outside Smeloye in Slavyanoserbsk district, said LPR People's Militia spokesman LieuteHesanant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.

He said Ukrainian forces intensified aerial reconnaissance with UAVs along the contact line, in particular, to adjust artillery fire.

"Earlier, in the vicinity of Smeloye, a Ukrainian UAV of the 58th brigade was grounded as it was flying over our positions. According to the information from Ukrainian volunteers published in social networks, a radio jamming system operates in the zone of responsibility of the task force Lugansk outside Grechishkino of the Novoaidarsk district. Electronic warfare officers jam drones control signals. OSCE UAVs are often subjected to signal suppression."

"Volunteers say that radio jamming was the reason behind losing control of the drone over the LPR territory," Marchko said. He reminded that UAVs are banned in Donbass under the Minsk Agreemnts, the exception is made only for the OSCE SMM drones.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 09 March — Lugansk