Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 17.01.2019
Russian armed forces invading Donbas hit a Ukrainian supply truck on Wednesday. Ten soldiers from the Joint Forces Operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were wounded. This was a brazen and unprovoked attack by the Russians, made in violation of the Minsk Agreement ceasefire.
The 72nd Separate Mechanized Brigade holds defensive positions east of the village of Troitske in Luhansk region, 40 kilometres west of the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk. On January 16, two trucks providing food and water to the Troitske fortifications were attacked. Russian occupation forces fired an anti-tank guided missile at a Ural truck. The missile was fired from the direction of the village of Kalynova.
According to the commander of the 72nd Brigade, Ruslan Tatus, the missile struck a truck and hit soldiers unloading cargo. Ten Ukrainian soldiers were wounded, two of them seriously.
The driver of one of the trucks was quoted by Obozrevatel: “I just saw an explosion, gunpowder, black smoke. I did not immediately understand, then the blood went ... They were all near the truck and they were literally scattered. And I was near the truck on the other side, then I got a splinter in the neck.”
The Ukrainian military has been providing medical assistance to the wounded men, and evacuated them to hospitals.
The attack near Troitske happened on the 1,792nd day of the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine.