'We hailed two of our fighters today, presenting them military decorations. One of them sustained injuries due to the use of laser weaponry, which damages the retina. It concerns, above all, the border guards who observe the situation, using respective equipment all the time. It's not the first time that they used this weapon against fighters of the State Border Guard and the National Guard of Ukraine. We are now considering the countermeasures, such as filters, protective goggles et cetera, but the fact remains - the Russian aggressors have been using a new kind of weapon against us,' Avakov said.
The minister added that Ukraine intends to raise the issue of using laser weapons on the international level. 'A laser ray always hits unexpectedly. Blinding someone is the act of barbarism', he concluded.
Earlier, in March, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine spotted the use of the forbidden laser weapons of the special purpose by the pro-Russian militants at the checkpoint Mariinka, Donetsk region as the press service reported. ‘One of the border guards was blinded by the laser during the performing of the service at the checkpoint Mariinka and performing the observing of the territory through the optical instruments. It was used from the side of the temporarily occupied territory’, the message said.