In their report for events on February 16th, the OSCE report the shooting down of one of its drones (unmanned aerial vehicle). Shot down by Russian led forces in the Luhansk Oblast (province), soldiers then handed it back to the OSCE.
OSCE Report states – Positioned on the northern edge of Sentianivka (formerly Frunze, non-government-controlled, 44km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard four shots of small-arms fire 2km north-north-east, assessed as originating from the vicinity of an “LPR”-checkpoint and directed at an SMM mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The SMM subsequently lost connection with the UAV. About two hours later, “LPR” members returned the UAV to the SMM and said that they had recovered it from a field 200m north of the above mentioned checkpoint. The SMM saw that the UAV’s front right motor had been hit by a 5.56mm or 7.62mm bullet.
As part of their mandate to check whether both sides are observing the Minsk agreements, the OSCE use both foot patrols, drones and footage from fixed camera’s positioned along front line, hot spots.
SMM – Special (OSCE) Monitoring Mission.
LPR – Russian controlled Luhansk People’s Republic.
Non-government-controlled – means Russian occupied territory.