Ukrainian Border Service: pro-Russian militants use laser weapons in Donbas

The Ukrainian State Border Service reported that Ukrainian border guards once again saw evidence of the use of laser weapons by pro-Russian militants in the Donbas. 

“Starting 10 pm on February 8th until 4 am on Saturday, in the area of the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint, border guards providing protection to the road corridor recorded light purple beams from the temporarily occupied territory every two to three minutes,” says the message. 

The State Border Service stated that due to the terrain of the area where the militants are located, as well as the dangers of the use of optical and thermal imaging devices, precise locations could not be determined.

It is noted that the State Border Service for the Ukrainian Joint Forces has repeatedly recorded similar cases. 

Thus, from 2016-2018, five on-duty servicemen of the Kramatorsk border detachment received eye injuries. They were observing pro-Russian forces using optical instruments. 

Information about the possible use of prohibited high-tech laser weapons by Russian forces has been brought to international and human rights organizations, added the State Border Service. 

In March 2018 in the Donbas a border guard suffered retinal burns as a result of laser weapons.

  Ukraine, State Border Service of Ukraine, Luhansk, Russia