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Three Ukrainian servicemen trying to slip into Lugansk killed by landmine blast

March 13, 6:17 UTC+3 LUGANSK

LPR requested international observers to make a call to the Kiev government to stop provocations and abide by the Minsk agreements

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LUGANSK, March 13. /TASS/. Three members of a Ukrainian subversive group, which tried to sneak into the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) from the Kiev-controlled territory, were killed in a landmine explosion on Tuesday, a spokesman for Lugansk People’s Militia said.

"At 19:30 today [on Tuesday], a sabotage and reconnaissance group comprising 10 members attempted to cross into the republic’s territory near the settlement of Zhelobok, but was spotted by our servicemen. During its attempt, the group walked onto a minefield and lost three of its members," spokesman Andrei Marochko was quoted as saying by the Luganskinformtsentr agency.

In this respect, Marochko requested international observers to make a call to the Kiev government to stop provocations and abide by the Minsk agreements.

"We hope that the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe]’s special monitoring mission will take an uncompromising stance while thoroughly investigating the provocation, committed by the Ukrainian military," he said.

On March 7, members of the Trilateral Contact Group on the Ukrainian settlement agreed on a new, "spring," ceasefire, which was to begin on March 8. However, Ukraine’s forces violated the ceasefire on Saturday.

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