: Ukraine's intelligence reports dozens of flights of Russian assault and reconnaissance drones

17:22 Jun. 22, 2016

Ukraine's intelligence reports dozens of flights of Russian assault and reconnaissance drones

Ukraine-made drones are tested near Chernihiv (UNIAN photo)

Militants mount more than 260 attacks over past week

Combined Russian-separatists forces increasingly use unmanned aerial vehicles to spy on Ukrainian army and adjust fire in the combat zone.

"25 flights of drones were spotted over the past week, with five of them conducted reconnaissance operations from the territory of Russian federation," the chief of the Main Intelligence Department of Ukraine's Defence Ministry Vadym Skibytskiy told at a briefing in Kyiv.

He added that the drones were also used to adjust artillery fire in the direction of Novoaidarsk, Donetsk, Volnovakha and Mariupol.

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Skibytskiy stressed that the flights are overseen by the regular officers of the Russia's Armed Forces.

The intelligence determined that currently the UAV troops are commanded by Russian captain Vasily Malakhevich, who trained local fighters from the occupied areas of Luhansk region to operate combat and spy drones.

In total, over the past week [June 15-21] the Russian proxies in Donbas launched 262 attacks on Ukrainian army positions along the contact line.

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