Ukraine admits shooting down own drone over Kiev

The Ukrainian Air Force said it had lost control of one of its Turkish-made Bayraktars over the capital and used a missile to bring it down

Ukraine admits shooting down own drone over Kiev

Ukraine admits shooting down own drone over Kiev

The Turkish-made Bayraktar went rogue over the Ukrainian capital, the military has claimed

The Ukrainian Air Force admitted on Thursday evening that a drone destroyed over Kiev earlier in the day had been one of their own, which they somehow lost control of. 

“Since the uncontrolled presence of the UAV in the sky over the capital could lead to undesirable consequences, it was decided to deploy the mobile [missile] teams. This is unfortunate, but that’s technology, these things happen,” said a statement the military released to Ukrainian media.

The 30-second clip shows the drone slowly flying over Kiev, while small-arms fire can be heard in the background, until it is hit by a missile and crashes to cheers from the onlookers.

Pro-Ukrainian “open source intel” accounts quickly declared the UAV had been a Russian ‘Corsair’. After several Western outlets – including the German tabloid Bild – reported otherwise, however, the Ukrainian military issued their admission.

“lost control” of a TB2 over Kiev remained unexplained.