Moscow has repeatedly objected to Western nations supplying Kiev with advanced armaments, arguing that it could prompt the Ukrainian government to use force to solve its domestic conflict in the east. Kiev also recently bought several combat drones from Turkish defence companies.
Forces of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), one of the two self-proclaimed republics in Donbass, intercepted a Ukrainian military drone that they planned to use to guide artillery fire with, LPR officials have stated.
“The enemy launched a ‘LELEKA-100’ unmanned aerial vehicle in the area of the Popasnaya settlement [under Kiev’s control]. [This drone is] capable of transmitting a video image in real time, determining the exact geographical coordinates, and transmitting them to a fire control centre”, the LPR said in its statement.