27 March 2020, 16:08


Ukrainian forces jam SMM's UAV on the contact line

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LUGANSK, March 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukrainian electronic warfare units have impeded the operation of the OSCE SMM unmanned aerial vehicles, said People’s Militia chief of staff Colonel Yan Leschenko.

"Last week, the fighters of the 59th outside Troitskoye were jamming control channels if the SMM's UAV with Bukovel-AD system of the 306th electronic warfare battalion. The Mission patrol had to stop monitoring the territory occupied by Ukrainian units and to land the UAV."

According to the Article 7 of the Minsk Memorandum dated 19 September 2014, the use of combat aircrafts and UAVs is banned along the contact line in the 30km-wide zone of ceasefire, with the only exception made for the OSCE SMM aerial vehicles used to monitor the situation.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 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 — 27 March — Lugansk