Russia-backed militants use drones to adjust artillery fire at Ukrainian positions. Russian military officers conduct oversight of the militant drones. Ukrainian military intelligence identified one of the Russian regulars, Vasilii Malakhevich, born in 1986, who leads the militant UAV unit in eastern Ukraine. Malakhevich also trained local militants in the Luhansk region, said Vadym Skibitsky, spokesperson of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate at a press briefing.
Skibitsky also noted the intelligence has observed 25 flights of hostile drones conducting reconnaissance of Ukrainian positions at the frontline, while five of these flight monitored Ukraine-Russia border.