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Georgian Separatists Say Spy Plane Shot Down
« on: March 20, 2008, 01:34:58 AM »
Georgian Separatists Say Spy Plane Shot Down

By VOA News
18 March 2008
Separatists in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia say their forces have shot down an unmanned Georgian spy plane over the Black Sea.

Georgian and Russian news reports quote the leader of the self-proclaimed government of Abkhazia, Sergei Bagapsh, as saying an Abkhazian aircraft shot down the plane.

Georgia denies the report.

Meanwhile, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili says the Russian-led peacekeeping mission in Abkhazia has lost its legal standing.

After talks in New York Tuesday with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Saakashvili said Russia's decision to lift trade sanctions on Abkhazia has left the peacekeeping mission counter-productive.

He also said the United Nations has failed to carry out the main goal of the mission - returning refugees to Abkhazia.

Mr. Saakashvili has called for a total revision of the mission and an independent commission to help refugees come home.

Russia last week lifted trade sanctions against Abkhazia. It says it no longer feels bound by a 1996 agreement by many former Soviet states to impose economic penalties against separatist regions.

The United States called Russia's decision alarming, saying it could lead to weapons transfers to separatists.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia in the early 1990s, sparking war.

Georgia has accused Russia of supporting the separatists and vows to bring both regions back under central government control.


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Re: Georgian Separatists Say Spy Plane Shot Down
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2008, 08:31:43 PM »
Respected nonpilot, Abkhazia and, in particular, South Ossetia isn't separatists, and de-facto the sovereign states which have all rights to independence. Especially it concerns South Ossetia.

Antiaircraft defence of Armed Forces of Republic Abkhazia has brought down UAV Air Forces of Georgia at height about 4,5 kilometres. Under one version, Georgian UAV was brought down by Abkhazian L-39ZO by rocket R-60M, on another - fighter Su-27 which, on not confirmed data, are available as a part of Air Forces of Abkhazia. Presumably into structure of Abkhazian AF enter 2 Su-27.

Not clear remains what mark was brought down UAV? The Ministry of Defence of Abkhazia has declared, that it was "UAV companies Elbit Systems". Hence, it was UAV "Hermes-180" or "Hermes-450". At a forum there is somebody from Israel? May be, our Israeli colleagues can clear situation.
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