The Bayraktar drone passed its baptism of fire in Donbass / Photo of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
The newly elected Minister of Defense Aleksey Reznikov explained the use of the Bayraktar combat drone by the Ukrainian fighters against the artillery of the Russian occupation forces in the Donbas.
This was announced on the air of the Svoboda program by Savik Shuster in the evening, November 5.
Reznikov stressed that the “Minsk Agreements” mentions a ban on the use of foreign UAVs in Donbass , or, more precisely, a ban for Russians.
“I would like to draw your attention to the text of the Minsk agreements, which clearly states: a ban on the restriction of unmanned aerial vehicles, but there is one important word that even our German friends forget about: foreign . That is, Russians are prohibited from using drones over Ukrainian soil. we are on our own land – and this is a Ukrainian unmanned vehicle, “replied Reznikov.
The head of the Ministry of Defense clarified that the Ukrainian Armed Forces used the UN article on self-defense in this case.
“THERE IS JCCC. They told the OSCE SMM that there is a violation of the Minsk Agreements by the enemy – our lands are being shelled. Moreover, our soldier died, we requested a” silence “regime. This mechanism did not work, and therefore, using Article 51 of the Charter The UN, Ukraine has exercised its right to self-defense, “the minister added.
Bayraktar application in Donbass
Ukraine has been negotiating with Turkey on the purchase of operational-level unmanned attack systems since 2018. In 2019, the Ukrainian Armed Forces began testing the Bayraktar TB2 Turkish attack drones. In July 2021, the Ukrainian Navy received the first drone from Turkey.
On October 26, in the Donbas, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and one was wounded. Then the Ukrainian military for the first time used Bayraktar drones against militants and Russian troops in the Donbas.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry, in turn, said that Ukraine should stop calling Bayraktar “Turkish” . According to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the drones, although produced in Turkey, belong to completely different countries.