Donetsk, May 25 - DAN. OSCE Special Monitoring Mission personnel have to look into the May 17 crash of an OSCE unmanned aerial vehicle in a Ukraine-controlled area of Donbass, the Donetsk People’s Republic militia told the Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.
A long-range UAV crashed in the Konstantinovka settlement area after prolonged radio interference. Its tail fin and fuselage aft section were damaged. The Mission returned the drone, but suspended further UAV flights. The DPR blamed Ukrainian army radio electronic warfare units for causing the accident.
“We state that there is no equipment at DPR militia positions that could interfere with the operation of OSCE SMM UAVs,” the DPR militia said. “The OSCE Mission has to present the results of the probe into the crash of its drone in Ukrainian army rear.”
The DPR militia repeatedly said that Kiev forces jam OSCE drones’ navigation channels in order to conceal the deployment of their armaments in the region in violation of the Minsk Agreements. The Special Monitoring Mission said that three-quarters of Camcopter drone flights in Donbass have been accompanied by electronic countermeasures in the past two months.*jk