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Ukrainian army mistakenly fires on OSCE drone

Source : 112 Ukraine

Servicemen apologized for the incident; they did not receive the timely warning that the flight was scheduled in that area
10:08, 18 April 2018

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An OSCE drone came under fire as the Ukrainian military shot at it; the incident occurred in Chabanivka, Luhansk region. This was mentioned in the daily report prepared by the Mission.

'While flying a mini-UAV near Chabanivka (government-controlled, 66km north-west of Luhansk), the SMM heard more than 100 shots and bursts of small-arms and heavy-machine-gun fire 400-500m west. Imagery taken by the UAV later revealed military position about 700m west of the SMM’s position. The UAV had been flying 300m west from this military position when the SMM heard bursts from at least four different small arms and one heavy machine-gun 400-500m west', the message said.

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The SMM initiated an emergency landing of the UAV, the OSCE reported. 'The small-arms and heavy-machine-gun bursts followed the UAV’s flight path towards the SMM position but ceased once the UAV was within visual range of the SMM. As the SMM was departing the area, it encountered five soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, one of whom apologized for the incident after saying that he had ordered his men to shoot at the UAV. 'because he had not received advanced warning of the flight', the report went on.

OSCE SMM added that the Ukrainian side was notified of the scheduled flight in that area.

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