The head of the Defense Ministry, Andriy Taran, and the head of the General Staff, Ruslan Khomchak, will go to Donbas to investigate the circumstances of the explosion in which three Ukrainian servicemen were killed. President Volodymyr Zelensky gave the corresponding order.
Earlier, the operational-tactical group “North” reported an explosion on an unknown device of three soldiers near the settlement of Novoluganskoye in Donbas. The explosion killed Captain Alexander Voitenko, born in 1984, senior soldier Vyacheslav Alexeenko, born in 1987, and senior soldier Dmitry Mironenko, born in 1994.
“Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky instructed Defense Minister Andriy Taran and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak to urgently arrive in the area of the operation of the combined forces to establish all the circumstances of the deaths of three Ukrainian servicemen on Ukrainian-controlled territory in Donbas near Novoluganskoye,” the message on the website of the Ukrainian presidential office reads.
Zelensky stressed that an investigation should be conducted immediately.
“We are sparing the lives of our soldiers, at the diplomatic level through difficult negotiations agree to establish a cease-fire – and then we read about the deaths of our soldiers from mines in the territory under our control,” Zelensky’s office quoted him as saying.
Additional ceasefire measures came into force in the Donbas on July 27, 2020, which involves a complete ban on firing, the deployment of weapons in and near populated areas, offensive and reconnaissance, and sabotage activities. Engineering equipment of positions and the use of drones near the line of contact are also prohibited. Disciplinary liability is provided for violations of the ceasefire regime. The relevant orders must remain in effect until the conflict is fully resolved.
The conflict in Ukraine has been ongoing since 2014. According to the UN, more than 13,000 people have been killed in hostilities.