The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the use of Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 combat drones on the Donbass frontlines.
On October 26, the footage of what is allegedly the first-ever Bayraktar drone attack in Eastern Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian media, the strike targeted an artillery squad of the DPR forces that was deployed to the south of the village of Boykovskoe.
The first Bayraktar drone was delivered to Ukraine in July.
Baykar announced that it won a $69 million contract to sell six TB2 combat UAVs to Ukraine in 2019. The Ukrainian Navy’s chief of staff, Oleksiy Neizhpapa, had previously claimed the combat UAVs were expected to be delivered by the end of 2021.
The release of the video is likely not an accident but a planned move by Kiev authorities. The UAF probably attempt to threaten once again the DPR/LNR fighters amid the ongoing attacks on the civilian settlements in the region. Following the resumption of U.S. military supplies to Ukraine and numerous visits of U.S., European military officials, Kiev likely sends a message that it has no red lines in its aggression towards Ukrainian citizens in Donetsk and Luhansk republics.
While deploying its combat drones, the Kiev regime continues to prevent the reconnaissance drones from flying over the frontlines, blocking the work of the OSCE mission in Donbass.
Drones of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission are continually being jammed. Incidents are frequent and are being reported throughout.
Since March 2021, the OSCE’s long-range UAVs have been experiencing increased levels of GPS signal interference on take-off and landing, affecting both of their GPS receivers, in areas near their base in Stepanivka, located approximately 25km west-north-west of the contact line near the DPR.
Ukrainian electronic warfare stations were used near Varvarovka, Privolye, Konstantinovka, Dzerzhinsk, Rogan, Novoandreevka, Kalinovo and Orlovsky. The 305th electronic warfare battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has its Bukovel-AD stations in the areas of Stepanovka and Bogdanovka.
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