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Russian satellite communication system discovered in Donbas

Auriga-1.2V satellite communications system was developed in Russia in 2014
15:08, 15 October 2018
DFRLab Digital Forensic Research Lab

New evidence of the presence of Russian military equipment in Donbas was found,  DFRLab Digital Forensic Research Lab reports.

The investigation established that the recently developed satellite communications system was delivered to the occupied areas of Donbas. 

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‘On June 9, 2018, VKontakte user Artyom Donetsk posted an album with several photographs, which spanned an uncertain timeframe and depicted his activity as a Russia-led separatist fighter in Donetsk regin of eastern Ukraine,’ the representatives of the lab claimed. 

The album included two photographs of him posing with another fighter outside of a building complex with an army green satellite dish deployed in the background. This radar dish is identical in appearance to the Russian Auriga-1.2V satellite communications system, which went into production in 2014. 

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‘This system has never been exported to Ukraine or used by its armed forces. In other words, it can only be in eastern Ukraine through direct Russian assistance to separatists,’ the researchers noted.  

The images depict facility held by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) 11th Motor-Rifle Regiment “Vostok” in the Donetsk suburb of Makiivka.

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