Saturday, December 10, 2022

Ukraine's military intercepts Russian drone in Donbas

by Illia PonomarenkoNovember 16, 2021 9:16 pm

The vehicle that entered Ukrainian territory was identified as an Orlan-10, a battlefield surveillance drone exclusively operated by Russia. The Ukrainian military reported on Nov. 16 that the machine was captured intact.

“The winged spoil of war is a piece of unimpeachable evidence and a documented confirmation of the presence of Russian military forces, weaponry and hardware in Ukraine,” a spokesperson for the Ukrainian military said.

Illia Ponomarenko
Illia Ponomarenko
Defense reporter

Illia Ponomarenko is the defense and security reporter at the Kyiv Independent. He has reported about the war in eastern Ukraine since the conflict’s earliest days. He covers national security issues, as well as military technologies, production, and defense reforms in Ukraine. Besides, he gets deployed to the war zone of Donbas with Ukrainian combat formations. He has also had deployments to Palestine and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as an embedded reporter with UN peacekeeping forces. Illia won the Alfred Friendly Press Partners fellowship and was selected to work as USA Today's guest reporter at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Independent journalism
for an independent Ukraine
Independence is an expensive currency. Both Ukraine and its journalists are paying a high price to preserve its independence. Support Ukraine's trusted journalism in its darkest hour.