14:11 Jun. 3, 2016
Russian-backed separatists intensify use of UAVs
The Ukrainian military shot down a militant-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flying over the village of Smolianynove, 17 km from the town of Ukrainian-held Sievierodonetsk, at around midnight on June 2, according to Luhansk Regional Military and Civil Administration's press service.
The drone was moving from militant-held positions outside the town of Popasna towards Sievierodonetsk, which was occupied by Russian-backed separatists early in 2014 and liberated by the Ukrainian army in July 2014.
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"The distance between Smolianynove and Sievierodonetsk is 17 km. It is not yet known what cargo the aerial vehicle was carrying," Chairman of Luhansk Regional Military and Civil Administration Yuriy Harbuz said.
Ukrainian military intelligence experts earlier predicted that Russian proxies would intensify the use of drones in eastern Ukraine due to the development of a new model of combat drones by Russia.
Reporting by UNIAN.