: Caught red-handed: Russian drones over Ukrainian skies

15:42 May. 6, 2016

Caught red-handed: Russian drones over Ukrainian skies

People look at a Russia-made spy drone that is reported as seized by Ukrainian troops in eastern Ukraine at an open-air exhibition in Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo)

UAVs increasingly used to spy on Ukrainian army in the combat zone

Ukraine's intelligence service has spotted ten drones belonging to Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine combat zone over the week. That's according to Vadym Skibitskyi, representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Defence Ministry of Ukraine.

"In the Anti-Terrorist Operation area, ten flights of UAVs have been spotted, including six [Russian] Orlan-10 and Forpost drones which had taken off and landed on the Russian territory," Skibitskyi said.

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According to the intel reports, the drones are used on the direct orders of the Centre of Territorial Forces in Russia's Southern Military District. The footage shot during UAVs' reconnaissance flights is sent to Russia, Skibitskyi said.

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The drones are increasingly used by militant sabotage and reconnaissance groups to drop fire-based and high-explosive ammunitions as well as anti-infantry landmines at Ukrainian behind the lines positions, he added.

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