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MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. Ukrainian soldiers were killed near the town of Schastye in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as they were preparing to blow up a bridge across the Seversky Donets River, the head of Luhansk People's Republic's militia headquarters, Sergey Kozlov, has said.
Ukrainian media reports said that on Sunday morning four Ukrainian troops of the 92nd brigade died as their vehicle exploded near the bridge on the territory controlled by Kiev.
Several theories of the incident were being considered, including that of the vehicle being hit by a shell fired from the territory of the Luhansk People’s Republic and the explosion possibly being a result of a landmine attack perpetrated by the militias, Kozlov said.
"According to our information, the Ukrainian Armed Forces units were taking measures to prepare to blow up the bridge. Then something occurred with the vehicle that was carrying the ammunition, something went wrong and it exploded earlier," Kozlov said at a briefing at the LuganskInformCentre.
The incident took place some two kilometers to the east of the area where the teams of electricians and mine clearance experts were working at that time. They later confirmed that the blast occurred on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian troops, he said.
Kozlov reminded that the bridge across the Seversky Donets River near Stanitsa Luganskaya, in eastern Ukraine, had been blown up twice in a similar way. "That’s why all this looks like a provocation," he said, adding that Kiev wants to disrupt the Minsk agreements.