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13 June 2017, 18:02

MILITARY&DEFENCE

LPR People’s Militia official returns lost UAV to OSCE staff

LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko found the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) lost by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine in Slavyanoserbskiy district and returned it to the Mission staff.

“SMM OSCE lost control of their UAV because of adverse weather conditions during today’s monitoring of the contact line,” Marochko told Lugansk Media Centre. SMM representatives asked the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination to help recover the equipment.

The SMM representatives could not collect the UAV because regulations forbid them stepping off asphalt roads after the incident in which an OSCE car hit a mine. The Joint Centre for Control and Coordination requested LPR People’s Militia to provide assistance.

“I was not a long way from the scene and managed to retrieve and hand over the UAV to the Mission reps. The OSCE equipment was found near the monument to the WW II battalion commander,” Marochko said.

“I carried out engineer reconnaissance and recovered the UAV thanks to the skills acquired back in 2014,” he added.

An OSCE Special Monitoring Mission car en route from Slavyanoserbsk to Sokolniki hit an anti-tank mine in the vicinity of LPR’s Prishib village killing one monitor and wounding another two on 23 April.

LPR People’s Militia and Security Ministry said that they had repeatedly recorded activities of Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance squads in Prishib area. LPR Prosecutor general’s Office said Ukrainian army 8th special operations regiment servicemen were suspected of involvement in the blasting of the OSCE vehicle.

LuganskMediaCentre — 13 June — Lugansk