DONETSK, Novorussiya – The Ukrainian forces have transferred to Donbass a significant number of aerial drones capable of carrying up to 70 kilos, the military operative command spokesman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic Daniil Bezsonov said on Sunday.
“Our intelligence has received reliable data on the arrival in Horlivka of a train with Warmate-1 and Bayraktar TB2 drones. The latter is a product of Ukraine and Turkey that can carry up to 70 kilos of cargo,” said Bezsonov.
Bezsonov also explained that these attack drones can be used for provocations with the use of chemical weapons and attacks on important sites in the region.
Earlier, the country’s defense minister said Ukrainian forces have repeatedly conducted drone attacks, resulting in damage to the infrastructure built on the fronts. The issue was also brought to the negotiating rounds in Minsk.
The conflict in Donbass began in 2014 when Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed popular republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which refused to recognize the new government of Kiev. The new government was sworn in after what was considered a coup by the two republics.
In February 2015, the sides of the conflict agreed to end the hostilities in the region through a peace treaty. But the situation remained tense with mutual accusations of breach of the ceasefire.
Meanwhile, a statement released by the US embassy in Kiev on Sunday emphasized the need to establish an anti-corruption court in Ukraine.
“On International Anti-Corruption Day, we stress the need to establish an effective High-Corruption Court and to ensure anti-corruption institutions work together in fostering rule of law, and transparent and accountable government. # UnitedAgainstCorruption,” the US embassy tweeted.
On International Anti-Corruption Day, we stress the need to establish an effective High Anti-Corruption Court and to ensure anti-corruption institutions work together in fostering rule of law, and transparent and accountable government. #UnitedAgainstCorruption pic.twitter.com/nevUQ6PYJ3
— U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) December 9, 2018
In June, the Ukrainian parliament approved a bill to create the anti-corruption court as one of the key conditions for the IMF’s financial assistance to Ukraine.
Kiev has received loans totaling $17.5 billion. The loans, part of a four-year program aimed at reviving the Ukrainian economy, were approved by the IMF in 2015. So far, Kiev has received four tranches of the agreement, amassing a total of $8.7 billion.
The IMF froze aid payments in April and the fifth payment was never made because Ukraine did not meet all fund requirements.