MOSCOW, ($1=69.53 Russian Rubles) – In Luhansk, the Ukrainian military has been accused of violating agreements in Minsk over the use of the Turkish Bayraktar drone by Ukraine’s armed forces in Donbas, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Interfax.
As Rodion Miroshnik, the representative of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in the political subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group (TCG), told Interfax on Wednesday, “using the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Donbas, ban on flights of military aircraft and foreign UAVs on the line of contact.”
According to him, after announcing the use of Bayraktar drones in the conflict zone in Donbas, the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has recognized the violation of the Minsk agreements.
The headquarters of the Ukrainian Joint Forces operation in Donbas announced on the eve that Ukraine’s armed forces had used the unmanned combat intelligence system for the first time.
Bayraktar is a medium-altitude Turkish operational-tactical unmanned aerial vehicle with a long flight duration. Designed and manufactured by Baikar Makina.
War in Donbas
The war in Donbas, or the Donbas war, is an armed conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine, part of the Ukrainian crisis and the broader Russo-Ukrainian War. From the beginning of March 2014, in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidan movement, protests by Russia-backed anti-government separatist groups took place in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, collectively called the Donbas region.
These demonstrations, which followed the February–March 2014 annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and which were part of a wider group of concurrent protests across southern and eastern Ukraine, escalated into an armed conflict between the separatist forces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR respectively), and the Ukrainian government.
While the initial protests were largely native expressions of discontent with the new Ukrainian government, Russia took advantage of them to launch a co-ordinated political and military campaign against Ukraine.
Russian citizens led the separatist movement in Donetsk from April until August 2014, and were supported by volunteers and materiel from Russia. As the conflict escalated in May 2014, Russia employed a “hybrid approach”, deploying a combination of disinformation tactics, irregular fighters, regular Russian troops, and conventional military support to destabilise the Donbas region.
According to the Ukrainian government, at the height of the conflict in the summer of 2014, Russian paramilitaries were reported to make up between 15% to 80% of the combatants
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