One Ukrainian army serviceman was killed and two wounded when an infantry fighting vehicle belonging to the 108th battalion, 10th mountain assault brigade, was blown up near the Ukrainian-controlled village of Popasnaya of Lugansk region, Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko of the Lugansk People’s Militia reported during a briefing, LuganskInformCenter reports.
“Although such incidents are carefully hidden, they must not be left unnoticed by the public; at least, the area must be cleared of mines in order to avoid further civilian casualties,” Lieutenant Colonel Marochko commented.
He stressed that the irregular mining of the areas along the border by the Ukrainian side regularly results in victims among both civilians and Ukrainian army servicemen.
Previously, the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Defense Ministry reported that Ukrainian military non-battle casualties in August amounted to 26 servicemen, which was more than their combat casualties.
Also, since August 25, a “School truce” is in force between Ukraine, the DPR, and the LPR. The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine came to an agreement to establish a ceasefire starting midnight of August 25 because of the beginning of the school year. However, no real ceasefire has followed, although tensions at the frontline decreased in the first hours. In the following days instability rose again despite a direct order to cease fire given to the army by President Poroshenko. On August 29, the DPR and the LPR accused Ukraine of drawing heavy weapons to the demarcation line in violation of the Minsk agreements. This is the 16th ceasefire since the conflict in Donbass began.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency