Updated at 13:33,29-11-2021

Belarusian security forces now allowed to shoot down drones using firearms


On June 5, Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed Decree No. 215 “On the termination of flights of model aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles”, his press service reports. Now, if the drone hits the no-fly zone, the security forces can shoot it down with a weapon.

In accordance with the document, the security forces “are vested with the authority to use physical force, special means, weapons, military and special equipment with respect to aircraft models and unmanned aerial vehicles flying in violation of the established procedure.”

“These powers are granted to combat the illegal use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the forbidden zones,” the press service of Lukashenka explained.

The decree also provides for the release of security officials from the obligation to compensate the owners of drones for damage for the destruction of their equipment.

Currently, there are special zones in the airspace of Belarus where flying drones is prohibited. These are separate districts of Minsk and major cities, as well as border areas.