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Ukraine, OSCE: Russia is using electronic warfare systems in Donbas

Ukraine, OSCE: Russia Is Using Electronic Warfare Systems In Donbas

The US State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, denounces on Twitter that OSCE SMM conflict monitors spotted 4 new Russian electronic warfare systems in Donbas

Tough US attack on Russia, in relation to Ukraine. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) conflict monitors, as the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert reported on his Twitter profile, “spotted four new Russian electronic warfare systems in eastern Ukraine. More evidence Russia’s military is orchestrating the conflict in the Donbas. Russia must fully implement the Minsk agreements and pull its forces out of Ukraine”. This denounce arrives months later that Washington have repeatedly reported about the use of EW technology by Moscow. Especially in Syria as a testing ground, but also in other scenarios. In the Middle East country the aim was interfere with US or US-sponsored operations. While, in Ukraine could be used for the same purpose or to cover some movements of forces, vehicles or weapons systems.

The Russian EW presence abroad, especially in Syria and in eastern Ukraine, has been denounced repeatedly by US military commanders

In a speech in April at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s 2018 GEOINT Symposium, General Raymond Thomas, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, said –  as The Defense Post reported -Syria has become “the most aggressive E.W. environment on the planet. They are testing us every day, knocking our communications down, disabling our EC-130s, etcetera,”. Before, the U.S. Army commander in Europe (EUCOM), Retired Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, said at the Helsinki Commission that Russian battlefield tactics in eastern Ukraine show sophisticated integration of drones, electronic warfare, and mortar and artillery, posing major challenges for Kiev forces.“You cannot speak on a radio or any device that’s not secure because it’s going to be jammed or intercepted or worse, it’s going to be found and then it’s going to be hit.”, he denounced.

The four new Russian made EW systems: a Leer-3 RB-341V, a 1L269 Krasukha-2, an anti-UAV system Repellent-1 and an RB-109A Bylina. The last one is still in test phase in Russia

Russia has different systems of electronic warfare that could be used in Ukraina. The OSCE SMM found “a Leer-3 RB-341V, a 1L269 Krasukha-2, and an anti-UAV system Repellent-1, and an RB-109A Bylina”. Moreover the last one was expected to be used by the Russian army only following the military tests this year. So, the double purpose of their use is seems confirmed: testing and disturbing/neutralizing Kiev’s military activities.

The Heather Nauert Tweet

The Defense Post article about Russian EW

The former EUCOM words on the Russian capabilities in Ukraine

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