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Translated by Ollie Richardson

20:44:34
02/12/2016

Interfax.ru


A strategic RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the U.S. Air Force, having finished on Friday a nearly 10-hour reconnaissance flight along the demarcation line in Donbass, has left the airspace of Ukraine, reported Western resources tracking the movement of military aircraft.

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According to their information, the American long-range drone cruised for hours along the line of Blagodatnoye-Pokrovsk-Kramatorsk-Severodonetsk, but did not cross the demarcation line of Ukraine with the self-proclaimed DPD and LPR.

During the flight in Donbass, the American UAV, which can stay airborne for up to 30 hours, several times flew a distance of 100 km bordering the Lugansk region with the districts of the Voronezh and Rostov regions of Russia.

Taking into account it’s possibility of reconnaissance to a depth of 300 km, the RQ-4A Global Hawk drone can observe the entire territory of the breakaway DPR and LPR, as well as the border regions of Russia.

The drone began to leave Donbass in a Western direction at about 21:00 local time.

The American UAV with the callsign UAVGH000 took off on Friday morning from Sigonella air base in Sicily. It later entered the air space of Ukraine via Romania to the North of Moldova, and continued flying east over the Kirovograd and Dnepropetrovsk oblasts, to the Donetsk region. It was noted that the drone had its transponder turned on, making it visible.

The last time an American UAV made such an approach to the demarcation line in Donbas was on 14th November. At this time it also carried out reconnaissance on Crimea, approaching it from the side of the Black Sea and the South of Ukraine.

According to data from open sources, the heavy drone of the U.S. Air Force was earlier this year used to detect and destroy targets militants in Libya.

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