Two killed, injured three after minibus hits landmine near east Ukraine’s Donetsk

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Minibus hit a landmine while crossing the border between Ukraine and breakaway Donetsk region
A minibus hit a landmine while crossing the border between Ukraine and the breakaway Donetsk region on Saturday.

The killing of two civilians and injuring a third, local authorities and witnesses said.

The bus, carrying three people, hit the mine after swerving off road in the buffer zone between two border posts, a statement on the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic official website read.

The driver was killed along with one passenger.

The other passenger, a 61-year-old man, was being treated in hospital.

He told a Reuters journalist that the passenger who was killed was his mother.

The incident occurred near the village of Yelenovka, outside Donetsk.

The passengers were returning to the rebel-controlled region after collecting their pensions, the statement said.

Fighting broke out in 2014 between separatist forces in eastern Ukraine backed by Moscow and forces loyal to the pro-Western Ukrainian government in Kiev.

Despite an internationally brokered ceasefire that ended major fighting in 2015, deadly flare-ups of fighting occur regularly.

The unresolved conflict will be an issue when Ukraine holds a presidential election in late March.

Originally Posted on SuchTv

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