04:44 GMT26 February 2021
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    The European Union will not take part in an investigation into a deadly explosion that struck a European security monitoring mission vehicle in eastern Ukraine, head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Ambassador Hugues Mingareli said Monday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Sunday launched a probe into an explosion in Pryshyb, Lugansk region that killed a US paramedic and injured two patrol members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM).

    Mingareli told reporters that the EU hoped for a full investigation into the incident, but suggested that Brussels would not be a party to the investigation.

    On Sunday, law enforcement officials of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) said the explosion hit the observers' car near the Pryshyb settlement in the Lugansk region and, as a result, one SMM member was killed. Later in the day, OSCE Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug confirmed the explosion, adding that the blast killed a US citizen and injured two more people from Germany and the Czech Republic.    

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    car blast, Lugansk People's Republic, Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE (OSCE SMM), Ukraine, Donbass
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