Donetsk, Oct 5 – DAN. Ukrainian army has intensified operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles in frontline zones, in particular on the southern direction (Mariupol), said DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin.

"Ukrainian butchers keep violating the Minsk Agreements when it comes to the ban on using UAVs. DPR People's Militia Air Defense posts have recorded ten UAVs operating, eight of them on Mariupol axis, where Ukrainian butchers, adjust fire on residential civilian houses."

The DPR People's Militia had downed four Ukrainain drones outside Kominternovo and Leninskoye, and Maryinka west of Donetsk last week, he said.

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