Translated by Ollie Richardson
According to the statement made by the official representative of the Defense Ministry of the Lugansk People’s Republic Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko on 24.04.17, during a briefing with the Lugansk Information Centre, sappers of the People’s militia of the LPR defused two anti-tank mines and a wire established near the place of the attack on the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) patrol.
As Marochko reported, on 24.04.17, in the course of technical investigative work of the area of the explosion, sappers found an observation post of a sabotage and reconnaissance group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – a so-called “den”, with which saboteurs tracked down and carried out the exploding of employees of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.
At the observation post of the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group material evidence was found, and one the path of withdrawal of the saboteurs a wire for use with the RGD-5 grenade that they installed was removed.
“In addition, during a visual inspection of the road on which the OSCE car moved along, sappers via a technical investigation found two more TM-62 (anti-tank) mines, which by a lucky chance didn’t detonate on April 23rd,” said the representative of the Defense Ministry of the Republic.
Also, Andrey Marochko noted that “while defusing the mines by detonation, one didn’t detonate and cracked, and the second formed a crater similar to that of the mine explosion on April 23”.
“The People’s militia from 12:00 on April 23rd applied strengthened security measures in the area near the place of the blowing-up of employees of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, as well as in nearby populated settlements. Also, for the safety of work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, additional units of the People’s militia were sent to the specified area,” added the Lieutenant-Colonel.
Copyright © 2022. All Rights Reserved.