Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The Ukrainian army opened fire at civilian houses in the settlement of Panteleymonovka near Gorlovka using incendiary ammunition attached to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This was reported by the chief of the press service of the leadership of the People’s militia Daniil Bezsonov.
“On November 22nd militants from paramilitary units of Ukraine used an assault drone on the settlement of Panteleymonovka, causing material damage to the civil vehicles and houses of civilians,” said Bezsonov.
He noted that Ukrainian militants “do not even try to hide their war crimes and openly spread proof on the Internet”.
“Such openness and impunity speaks about the Ukrainian command’s encouragement to cause damage to the residents of Donbass. There is no justification for militants who consciously and purposefully set fire to the houses of civilians, dropping incendiary ammunition from drones,” stressed Bezsonov.
As a reminder, according to Paragraph 7 of the Minsk memorandum from September 19th, 2014, the use of combat aircraft and drones is forbidden along the contact line of the parties in the 30km wide zone of the cessation on the use of weapons, except for the unmanned aerial vehicles of the OSCE SMM. Despite this, the UAF regularly uses UAVs, most often for the purpose of carrying out aerial reconnaissance of the region and correcting fire. Recently, the use of assault UAVs in the region has become more frequent.
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