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28 May 2019, 18:22

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Two Ukrainian servicemen wounded in own mine blast - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, May 28 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Two Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in an explosion of a mine planted by their colleagues in the Zolotoye area, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service chief Yakov Osadchiy told a news briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

Noncombat casualties continue to plague the Ukrainian army in the “joint forces operation” zone, Osadchiy said. “In the latest incident on May 25, two Ukrainian servicemen from a 54th Separate Mechanised Brigade unit suffered splinter wounds in the explosion of a mine planted by their colleagues in the Zolotoye area.”

“The Brigade command concealed the true cause of the incident from their superiors,” he added.

These nonbattle casualties were reported as battlefield losses allegedly inflicted in shelling by the LPR People’s Militia.

Earlier, LPR People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said that one Ukrainian serviceman had been killed and another four had been wounded when their car hit a Ukrainian mine in the zone of the so-called “joint forces operation.” In another friendly mine explosion, one Ukrainian servicemen was killed and five others were wounded.

The Ukrainian operations and tactical group North’s losses in Ukrainian mine explosions in the zone of the so-called “joint forces operation” have amounted to six dead and 14 wounded since early April, Filiponenko said.

He also said that over a week, two Kiev servicemen had died and another six had been wounded in Ukrainian mine blasts.

LPR People’s Militia press service chief Yakov Osadchiy said that one Ukrainian serviceman had been killed and another two had been wounded in a Ukrainian mine blast in the Svobodniy village area.

Earlier, LPR People's Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said that the Right Sector nationalistic battalion gunmen sold updated minefield maps to Ukrainian army unit commanders in order to raise money for their leaders.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 28 May — Lugansk