The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has published a snapshot of Russia’s advanced electronic warfare systems in eastern Ukraine.
According to the OSCE report, it was taken near Yuzhna-Lomuvatka, a village in Luhansk region.
“On March 16, an SMM mini-UAV spotted an automatic jamming system (R-330Zh, Zhitel) on a KamAZ-4310 and a radio-electronic jamming complex (Tirada-2) near Yuzhna-Lomuvatka (60km west of Luhansk),” the statement reads.
Earlier, there were reports about R-330Zh systems’ presence in the areas controlled by pro-Russian militants; but it is the first time that Tirada-2 has been spotted there.
Tirada-2 started to be developed in 2001. According to the Russian side, it is able to knock communications satellites out of service. The first contract for providing the Russian army with Tirada-2 complexes was signed in August 2018, OSINT group Informnapalm reports.
Although Donbas separatists are not formally subordinate to Moscow, but Russian cutting-edge weapons have been repeatedly uncurtained in the controlled districts. Moreover, Russian tanks, armoured vehicles, air defense systems and other equipment were in the hands of militants and soldiers without any insignia who showed up in Crimea and the east of Ukraine in 2014.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) was deployed on 21 March 2014, following a request to the OSCE by Ukraine’s government and a consensus decision by all 57 OSCE participating States. The SMM is an unarmed, civilian mission, present on the ground 24/7 in all regions of Ukraine. Its main tasks are to observe and report in an impartial and objective way on the situation in Ukraine; and to facilitate dialogue among all parties to the crisis.