Donetsk, Nov 11 - DAN. The Donetsk People’s Republic knows about the places and time of the take-off of the Bayraktar drones used by Kiev forces, DPR leader Denis Pushilin said in an interview with domestic and foreign media outlets on Thursday.
“As for Bayraktar, we’ve monitored the situation. We’ve long known about Bayraktar, and we see where they fly from, we’re aware of our capability to shoot down Bayraktar, and Ukraine understands it too, so they are not approaching the line at which our air defense will engage them,” Pushilin said.
On October 26, the Ukrainian army General Staff reported the first ever use of a Bayraktar drone in Donbass at the order of Ukrainian armed forces commander-in-chief Valery Zaluzhny. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the drone was used near the Kiev-controlled Granitnoye settlement on the Mariupol axis. The drone allegedly attacked a DPR militia artillery battery hitting one howitzer. After a check into the alleged incident, DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova said that these reports had not been confirmed.*jk