The Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine report they have shot down a Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (a drone) in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation near the demarcation line. “At about 19:00 February 8 an unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted in the sky close to the contact line. After the identification of the object, having received confirmation that the flying object does not belong to the ATO forces or international organizations that monitor the situation near the contact line with their unmanned aerial fleet, it was decided to destroy it,” the press center of the ATO Headquarters wrote on Facebook on Thursday, February 9.
On Friday, a high-level representative of the European Union affirmed that the European Council will not discuss the extension of sanction against Russian Federation during the meeting of next Monday. The source noted that the EU has time to make a decision on the matter until January 31 when sanctions are scheduled to expire. According to the source, the extension of economic sanctions is unlikely to be included in the agenda of the EU summit scheduled to be held in Brussels on 15th and 16th of December. On September 15, the European Union extended the ban of Russian and Ukrainian citizens and organizations for six months. The EU blacklist includes Russian officials, politicians, businessmen and law enforcement officers as well as almost all government members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic.