Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the OSCE special monitoring mission crashed near the contact line in the Donetsk region. This is stated in the OSCE report on its website.
According to the report, the SMM team launched long-range UAVs to fly over government-controlled and uncontrolled districts of the Donetsk region at 20:45 on Thursday, April 18. At 1:26 on Friday, April 19, flying over the area near the Ugledar settlement, UAV lost the signal of both GPS-modules due to radio interference (as a result of jamming).
“The radio interference continued until 2:35, when the mission team lost control of the UAV, trying to send the device to the ground flight control station near Stepanivka,” the report says.
According to the SMM, the UAV crashed at 2:36 west of Horlivka.
“It is too early to draw conclusions about the causes of the incident. The area where the UAV allegedly crashed is located near the collision line and is considered to be significantly mined, and therefore the SMM’s access to this area is extremely limited” - told the organization representatives, noting that the mission is taking urgent measures to determine the location of the UAV.
According to the report, the flight of the drone on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine was launched today, on March 1, at 9:00 AM.
The drone belongs to the United States Air Force and is located on the airbase in Italy, on the Sigonella Island.
RQ-4 Global Hawk – is the strategic surveillance aircraft, which was first used on the United States Air Force airbase in California on February 29, 1998. The first drone was passed to the US army and started to fulfill military missions in 2006.