Secret Russian Kartograf UAV with 12 lenses was shot down

KYIV ($1= Ukrainian Hrynias) — A secret reconnaissance drone known as Kartograf was shot down over Mykolaiv, Ukraine. The drone belongs to the armed forces of Russia. It was shot down by an anti-aircraft gun. The news is distributed by the press service of the Air Force Command of Ukraine.

Secret Russian Kartograf UAV with 12 lenses was shot down
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The Kartograf spy drone was hit today, September 2 at 9:00 a.m. Ukrainian time. According to the military, this is not the first time a Russian reconnaissance drone has carried out reconnaissance in southern Ukraine.

“On September 2, around 09:00 a.m., the Russian drone “Kartograph” was destroyed by an anti-aircraft missile unit of the Air Force in the sky above the Mykolaiv region. The drone is part of the Ptero multipurpose unmanned systems family,” the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces emphasized.

The photos show the body of the drone with a camera that has 12 lenses. Such cameras are a characteristic feature of these Russian spy drones. This drone is often confused with another Russian reconnaissance drone, the Orlan-10.

Secret Russian Kartograf UAV with 12 lenses was shot down
Photo credit: Twitter

Outwardly, the Kartograf UAV is indeed similar to the Orlan family of aircraft, but there are several differences. The drone is designed for panoramic aerial photo and video recording with the ability to transmit the collected information to the control point in real-time. It can be used for reconnaissance to correct artillery fire or missile strikes.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

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On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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