Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in the Svetlodarsk area in a failed attempt to peneterate defenses of the Luugansk People’s Republic (LPR) military near the key town of Debaltsevo, the LPR media center reported on May 3.
A representative of the LPR military, Andrey Marochko, said that a group of four Ukrainian servicemen had attempted to move indepth of the LPR-held area with a goal of conducting acts of sabotage. But they were detectved by LPR fighters at one of the checkpoints. As a result of a firefight, 3 Ukrainian servicemen were killed and 1 was injured. LPR fighters seized 3 automatic rifles and parts of IEDs.
In turn, pro-Kiev sources reported that 3 Ukraian servicemen died in an attempt to rescue their wounded counterpart. No info was provided how the serviceman had received his injures.
“Three of our guys, rescuing their wounded sworn brother, heroically died in the Svetlodarsk area. One of them who was wounded detonated a hand grenade in order not to be taken prisoner and kill the enemy. He died on the spot,” the press center of the Ukrainian military headquarters said on its Facebook page.
A statement by the LPR military: