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Donbas militants fired SMM OSCE mini-UAV

OSCE observers used the drone to monitor the snow removal in Luhansk region
19:47, 12 January 2019

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The pro-Russian militants fired at the OSCE SMM drone, with the help of which observers monitored the snow removal at the T-0504 road in Luhansk region. This is reported by the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation press center.

"According to an OSCE SMM daily report published on January 11, the mission’s observers stayed on the eastern outskirts of Popasna (Luhansk region) and watched the snow removal work on the T-0504 road using their own UAVs. Suddenly, the mission observers heard six shots of small arms approximately 1.5-2 km from the place, where they were located. According to them, the shots were fired at the UAV, which lost altitude then. The mission team was unable to regain control of the drone, which led to its loss" reads the message.

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According to the Ukrainian side, the provocative actions of the militants are connected with the intentions to hide their firing activity in the direction of the Ukrainian troops.

"With such armed attacks, the occupiers are trying to intimidate representatives of the OSCE mission and force them to cease their work in the Luhansk area," the report said.

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