The interior minister of the separatist-held region of South Ossetia says his forces have shot down an unmanned Georgian spy plane.

Mikhail Mindzayev said the drone was shot down over South Ossetia on Thursday by local forces.

Mindzayev said it had crossed into the unrecognized republic from the south meaning it was of Georgian origin.

A Georgian official denied the country had sent any drone over South Ossetia.

Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said Mindzayev was "seeing things."

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