Ukraine has the legal right to self-defence when its territory is shelled with heavy Russian weapons day and night, Ukrainian diplomat says.
Ukraine's Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said this responding to the reproaches of the German Foreign Ministry for the use of Bayraktar drones by Ukrainian Armed Forces in Russia-occupied Donbas.
German Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Andrea Sasse expressed concern that all sides are using drones in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.
"Berlin is very concerned about the increase in the intensity of hostilities in the east of Ukraine, as well as the message of the General Staff of the Ukrainian army, according to which the Ukrainian Armed Forces, in response to shelling and the death of one soldier and wounding of another, used a Bayraktar-type drone," Sasse said in a briefing on Wednesday.
Ukraine's Ambassador to Germany asserted that the Ukrainian side "firmly denies warning from the Federal Foreign Ministry."
"Ukraine has the legal right to self-defence when its territory is shelled day and night with heavy Russian weapons, and civilians and soldiers are killed," Melnyk said.
He called Germany to redouble efforts as a mediator to convene a Normandy summit in Berlin.
"Ukraine calls on the German government, instead of expressing concern about the dramatic situation in the occupied territories, to redouble its efforts as a mediator to convene a Normandy summit in Berlin, as agreed, and put Moscow in place," the Ukrainian Ambassador added.
As reported, on October 26, Ukrainian Armed Forces employed the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 armed drone for the first time in combat since acquired. A guided bomb targeted Russian occupation forces' howitzer in Eastern Ukrainian territory to force the enemy to cease fire.