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7 April 2021, 16:45

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Teenage survivor of IED explosion in Slavyanoserbsk tells his story

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LUGANSK, April 7 (Lugansk Media Centre) – A teenage survivor of an IED explosion in Slavyanoserbsk told Lugansk Media Center how the events unfolded.

On April 6, a 17-year-old was killed and a 16-year old injured as an unidentified explosive device went off on the outskirts of Slavyanoserbsk. Russian Investigative committee has launched a criminal investigation into the accident.

The injured teenager, Eduard, has been hospitalized to the Lugansk Children's Hospital.

"I am OK, not in pain, I am back to normal," he said.

The teenage told Lugansk Media Center that his friend invited him to take a walk to the river. The duo finally came to the Seversky Donets river and were going down a path when they saw a dead body, which turned out to be a wild boar. One of the teenagers approached the dead animal.

"I think he also triggered a mine, as there were 10 or 15 mines around the boar," Eduard said.

"I moved 4-5 meters away, as he stepped on a mine with his left foot, an explosion followed. After the first explosion I was hurt by some shrapnel and started running away. As I ran I heard 8 or 10 explosions. I was crying out his name "Misha, Misha" from a distance, I saw he's not moving. I panicked, called the emergency line, they said they'll be right there. As they arrived they took me to hospital," he said.

Eduard added that he wasn't aware of the mine hazard in the area.

"If I had known, I would not have gone there," he said.

The intensive care unit head Evgeniy Garbuz described the boy's condition as stable, though the teenager suffered serious stress.

LuganskMediaCentre — 07 April — Lugansk