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TASS, Friday, Friday, October 14, 2016

Ukrainian helicopter gunship pictured outside Donetsk, Ukraine on May 26, 2014 (Vadim Ghirda, AP)

Ukrainian helicopter gunship pictured outside Donetsk, Ukraine on May 26, 2014 (Vadim Ghirda, AP)

DONETSK – The military command of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has received information that the helicopter downed by its forces on October 13 was carrying several instructors from NATO member states, DPR Operations Command Spokesman Eduard Basurin told journalists on Friday.

“There were several military instructors from NATO member states onboard during the combat flight,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted Basurin as saying. According to the DPR sources, the helicopter landed on the outskirts of the Krasnogorovka settlement, an area controlled by Ukrainian armed forces. The area was locked down and mobile communication networks were shut down.

On October 13, the head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, announced that the Ukrainian military with the support of a combat helicopter had attempted to carry out an attack on DPR military positions but the helicopter was shot down.

The previous time the Ukrainian militia used aviation during hostilities was on January 19, 2015 when several Sukhoi Su-25 strike fighters were seen over Donbass. Ukrainian military aviation has been curbed by deadly effective anti-aircraft defense on the rebel side.

The Minsk-1 ceasefire memorandum dated September 19, 2014 bans the use of combat aviation and unmanned aircraft in the ceasefire zone along the line of contact, excluding the unmanned aircraft of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.

Related reading:
Military situation in Donetsk is drastically deteriorating as Kyiv wages intense shelling, news compilation on New Cold War.org, Oct 15, 2016

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