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    Volnovakha Bus Driver Says Passengers Could Have Died of Landmine Explosion

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    The driver of the bus that came under attack last Tuesday near the town of Volnovakha in eastern Ukraine said that the passengers could have been killed by fragmentation mine explosion.

    KIEV, January 20 (Sputnik) — The passengers of the bus that came under attack last Tuesday near the town of Volnovakha in eastern Ukraine could have been killed by a fragmentation mine explosion, bus driver Sergei Cherenko said Monday.

    Cherenko told Ukrainian news outlet Korrespondent.net that when the bus was passing by the Ukrainian military checkpoint near Volnovakha, the checkpoint itself was being shelled by Grad missiles. “But if a Grad missile would have exploded anywhere near, I wouldn’t be talking to you. It’s just that there also are mines [near] the checkpoint. And it was the mine that went off, specifically a fragmentation mine,” Cherenko said.

    The January 13th passenger bus attack took the lives of 12 people and injured 18 more.

    Soon after the tragedy, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused independence supporters from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) of shelling the bus, but DPR authorities denied any involvement in it.

    Last Friday, the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said that Kiev forces and DPR have agreed on the launch of a joint investigation into the incident.

    On Saturday, the SMM published the conclusions of its own investigation into the bus attack, stating that all the examined blast craters were caused by rockets, fired from the northeast direction. Commenting on the results of the report, Russian Ambassador to the OSCE Andrei Kelin said they contradict Kiev's claims that the bus was hit by DPR fighters from the east.

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