Ukrainian army to increase combat use of Bayraktar - Chief of General Staff
The Ukrainian army will further increase the combat use of Bayraktar strike drones, especially if the occupying forces violate the agreement.
The Chief of General Staff Serhii Shaptala stated this on the air of the "Right to Power" program, zn.ua reports.
Speaking about the situation where the Ukrainian military used Bayraktar drones, he stressed that it was a response to the violation of the Minsk agreements: Russian occupation forces again pulled artillery to the front line and fired on Ukrainian positions, killing another Ukrainian soldier, and another one was wounded.
"After it was said that the OSCE didn't work, the note of diplomacy didn't work, after that the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine decided to respond by firing with Bayraktar," Shaptala said.
Responding to clarification as to why the Ukrainian troops also didn't resort to artillery, the Chief of the General Staff noted that this would be a violation of the Minsk agreements.
Shaptala stressed that although this was the first use of a combat drone, it wasn't the last.
"The state buys Bayraktar, we have them in service. And we don't stop there. We will increase the usage further. In the situation being discussed now, whether we used Bayraktar correctly or incorrectly, it was the decision of the commander-in-chief," he said.
As reported by Rubryka, on October 26, the Armed Forces used Bayraktar strike drones for the first time in the Joint Forces Operation zone.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces decided to use Turkish strike drones in response to fire from the Russian occupiers.
The next day, Germany expressed concern about Ukraine's use of the Bayraktar drone, and was later joined by France.
At the same time, the US embassy, commenting on the use of the drone, said that Russia's rhetoric that Ukraine was exacerbating the situation in Donbas was not only misleading, but also exacerbating escalating tensions.