DONETSK (QHA) -

A Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) states that in the occupied territory of the Donetsk region, the SMM unmanned aircraft came under fire, according to the report published on the OSCE website on June 12.

"The SMM heard shots and bursts near its mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). On 11 June, positioned 4km east of “DPR”-controlled Mineralne (10km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM launched a mini-UAV. The SMM had co-ordinated the flight with the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). At 11:13, while the UAV was flying about 900m north of the SMM’s position, the SMM heard four-five shots of IFV (BMP-2) cannon fire and bursts of anti-aircraft cannon (ZU-23) 1km north of the SMM’s position. The SMM recalled the UAV during which time it heard unaccountable shots and bursts of small-arms fire 300m north of the SMM’s position, assessed as targeting the UAV. The SMM safely landed the UAV at 11:18 and left the area.”

According to the mission, these shots were aimed to hit the drone. Observers managed to land the aircraft safely at 11:18 and leave the area. The mission informed the JCCC of the incident and requested for an investigation.

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