The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) reports that a Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) was shot down by Ukrainian troops on May 20, 2015 near the village of Pisky in Eastern Ukraine.
“In the antiterrorist operation zone the SSU forces received more evidence of the Russian involvement in an armed attack against Ukraine,” informs the SSU Press Center.
“May 20, 2015, Ukrainian servicemen shot down a hostile unmanned aerial vehicle which was carrying out illegal air reconnaissance along the contact line with militants,” the SSU Press Center.
“The UAV was shot down near the village of Pisky, started falling in the area of Avdiivka and crashed south of Vodiane,” the SSU press center.
The drone is identified by its markings as a Forpost UAV with the serial number 923 that was manufactured in 2013 by Russia’s Uralskiy Zavod Grazhdanskoy Aviatsiyi (Ural Civil Aviation Factory). It is a subsidiary of the state arms complex Oboronrprom. “FORPOST” UAV’s price is 6 million USD and it is one of the most expensive.
“The crashed drone is a Forpost UAV produced by the Ural Civil Aviation Plant, Russian Federation, serial number 923, 2013, length – approximately 5 meters,” the SSU Press Center.
The volunteer-based Dnipro-1 Battalion writes on its official Facebook page that such drones Russian-backed terrorists use for reconnaissance, and to adjust the targeting of artillery strikes on Ukrainian troops’ positions.