14 September 2018, 17:53

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, three wounded in own mine explosions - People’s Militia

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LUGANSK, September 14 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Two Ukrainian servicemen were killed and another three were wounded as they hit their own mines, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia acting chief Mikhail Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre on Friday.

 “The Republic’s defence authorities have repeatedly stated that “Urkainian forces have been planting mines indiscriminately, including in populated areas,” Filiponenko said.

 “According to our information, the body of man with mine blast injuries was found in the vicinity of the Ukraine-held Kodrashevskaya-Novaya settlement. We believe that the civilian must have wandered into a minefield which had no warning signs. This is the mine laying technique employed by inept Ukrainian army engineers despite proximity to settlements,” he said.

 “Aside from civilians, Ukrainian servicemen get killed and wounded in their own minefields in regular accidents. For example, two 14th Brigade gunmen, Privates Igor Rudchik and Alexander Golovach, were killed on patrol in the Novozvanka settlement area when they hit their own mine. Another three (Ukrainian servicemen) were wounded: Privates Viktor Kamenev, Sergey Kondratik and Roman Doskuch,” the LPR military official said.

 “We are drawing parents’ attention to the fact that your children get killed by their own commanders.

We again demand that OSCE Special Monitoring Mission representatives record Ukraine’s illegal actions and press it into making tangible efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in Kiev-occupied settlements and protect residents’ rights and health,” Filiponenko said.

Earlier, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko said that Kiev forces were deploying additional mines in the Mironovskiy settlement area endangering civilians’ lives.

Marochko also said that Ukrainian servicemen had stepped up mine laying in the Katerinovka settlement area, Popasnaya district.

He noted that the Ukrainian command had to ask an international humanitarian organisation for help due to Ukrainian army engineering units’ inability to accurately map their own minefields in the zone of the so-called “joint forces operation.”

Marochko underlined that sporadic mining of terrain in the proximity to settlements would cause civilian casualties as was confirmed by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s report on a mine explosion in which a Tryokhizbenka settlement resident was wounded.

The spokesman said that the militia was ware of a possible increase in civilian casualties in connection with Ukrainian army’s mine-laying operations in the zone of the so-called “joint forces operation.”

He said that Kiev forced had been planting new mines despite the fact that poor coordination continued to cause accidents at old mine sites involving both Ukrainian servicemen and civilians.

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 its 2202 Resolution 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 — 14 September — Lugansk