Today mobile group of soldiers of Armed Forces of Ukraine was moving on Mitsubishi L200 between Lobacheve and Lopaskyne villages located in Ukraine controlled part of Lugansk Region. At about 7 am their vehicle was attacked by the enemy. A driver and the passenger got killed. 4 Ukrainian soldier were wounded and taken to the hospital. 2 more soldiers who arrived there for support were wounded. This was reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine at www.mvs.gov.ua
Rodion Shovkoshytnyi also posted more details about what happened here
We’ve got casualties, the group that works near Shchastya, the one that was under sniper fire few days ago. L200 volunteer’s car. There were no border guards in the group. The enemy was waiting for us about 800 meters from the contact line, probably wanted to capture POW. 1st they threw 2 grenades and after that opened fire from guns. Our guys were defending until support arrived. 1 volunteer and 1 man from tax service got killed, 1 Security Service officer and 3 paratroopers were wounded.
– Rodion Shovkoshytnyi
The group that was attacked was hunting for those who are involved in illegal transportation of goods to the territory which is currently under control of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. Few days ago on August 28 at about 13:00 their vehicle was attacked near Shchastya. The sniper opened fire, bulletproof glass got broken, luckily nobody was inside the car at that moment.
The head of Civil-Military Administration of Lugansk Region George Tuka also commented on the situation. The volunteer who was killed in the morning was his close friend. See Tuka’s post www.facebook.com/george.tuka
Now I am talking not as official. Now I am volunteer! Now I am simple guy. Mobile group was attacked. 2 guys got killed and 4 wounded. One of those who dies is my FRIEND!!! MY PERSONAL FRIEND!!! Very honest guy, patriot and real Hero! Warrior and volunteer. Andrey was asked to switch to go to another sector, I asked him to stay and work more in the area near Shchastya. This conversation was yesterday. And today in the morning Andrey got killed… I guess I know who did that. I know this bastard is reading this and he is watching my activity. From now on you are not just a huckster. You are my personal enemy!
– George Tuka
UPDATE. September 3, 2015. OSCE observers visited the hospital where wounded Ukrainian soldiers were delivered to.
The SMM visited a hospital in Shchastia (20km north of Luhansk) and saw four injured men who, according to a police officer, had been ambushed travelling within two kilometres of the contact line between the government-controlled towns of Lopaskyne and Lobacheve (24km and 18km north-west of Luhansk) early on 2 September. The police officer told the SMM that five civilian volunteers supporting the Anti-Terrorism Operation and one tax inspector were ambushed with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fired by unknown persons. A nearby Ukrainian Armed Forces unit had heard the firing and rushed to the scene, where a fire fight had ensued. According to hospital staff in Shchastia, two individuals had died (the tax inspector and a civilian volunteer) with the remaining four hospitalized with injuries. A doctor at Novoaidar hospital told the SMM that two soldiers – who had rushed to the scene – had been admitted, and are in a critical condition.
– Reported by OSCE at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/179776
More photos of the vehicle after attack were posted by https://twitter.com/ukrluhansk