Donetsk, Oct 15 – DAN. The DPR Air Defense has downed a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle over the Republic's southern areas, said the head of the DPR People's Militia command press service Daniil Bezsonov.

"Ukrainian fighters ignore the Minsk Agreements banning the usage of UAV, and use drones with reconnaissance purposes or to attack DPR infrastructure. The highest activity is reported on the Mariupol direction, where the DPR Air Defense brought down a quadrocopter of the Ukrainian army in the past 24 hours."

Bezsonov said the DPR Air Defense is on high alert to prevent any aerial attacks from the Ukrainian side.

According to the Article 7 of the Minsk Memorandum dated 19 September 2014, the use of combat aircrafts and UAVs is banned along the contact line in the 30km-wide zone of ceasefire, with the only exception made for the OSCE SMM drones. *ot