Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE made their 1st test flight of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Ukraine near Mariupol. Mariupol is about 40km to the front line where Russian Forces occupied part of Ukrainian territory on the Azov Sea. The main purpose of using UAV is to monitor the situation in the conflict areas and control the movement on the Ukrainian-Russian border. Check the video of OSCE UAV flight below.
The Mission’s use of its UAVs aims at supporting the fulfilment of its mandate through complementary aerial information-gathering focused on monitoring the general security situation in Ukraine.
The UAVs will also be used for other tasks that are in line with the SMM’s mandate; such as monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Minsk Protocol of 5 September and the Minsk Memorandum of 19 September 2014.
“The UAVs will enhance existing monitoring capabilities in fulfilment of our mandate in Ukraine,” said Chief Monitor Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan. “They will compliment what our monitors observe on the ground, which will still be our primary source of information gathering.”
Initially, and until further notice, the SMM’s UAV will operate over the area south of Donetsk down to the Sea of Azov, eastwards as far as the Ukrainian-Russian state border and westwards towards the line of contact.
Reported by OSCE