For the first time since Ukraine acquired Bayraktar TB2 reconnaissance and hit unmanned aerial vehicles, one of them engaged an enemy target in the joint forces area of operation.
This is according to a Facebook post from the General Staff of the Armed Forces, reports Ukrinform.
“Today, October 26, by order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Valery Zaluzhnyi, the reconnaissance and attack drone Bayraktar was for the first time used in the area of operation of the forces spouses,” the statement said.
It is noteworthy that from 14:25 to 15:15 local time, a battery of D-30 howitzers together with the Russian terrorist forces fired at the positions of the joint forces in the Hranitne area.
Two Ukrainian soldiers were injured in this bombardment, one of whom later succumbed to his wounds. With the start of the shelling, Ukraine immediately demanded through the OSCE SMM that the enemy cease fire, and a note was sent through diplomatic channels. However, the invaders offered no reaction to the effort.
“In order to force the enemy to cease fire, by order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Bayraktar was used. The UAV did not cross the line of contact and destroyed with a guided bomb a cannon of artillery with the crew of the Russian occupation forces,” the statement read.
After the strike, the shelling of Ukrainian positions stopped.
As Ukrinform reported earlier this month, all obstacles to the production of Turkish Bayraktar TB2 strike drones in Ukraine have been removed, according to Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and Turkey’s Baykar Savunma signed a cooperation protocol on September 29.
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