Russian occupant forces have been ignoring the requests of the Ukrainian side to evacuate the remains of two civilians. The man and the woman deceased on October 18, as they tripped over the explosive device while on their way to Zolote-5 in the occupied part of Luhansk region. Ukrinform news agency reported this, quoting Leonid Matyukhin, the head of the press center of the Joint Forces HQ.
'Despite the fact that the tragedy occurred on the territory, which is out of control of the Ukrainian side, the Joint Forces command repeatedly sent the requests to cease fire so that the bodies of the deceased would be evacuated. But the Russian occupant forces ignored the request so that they could distort the actual state of affairs and increase the tension among the locals', Matyukhin said.
The HQ of the Joint Forces Operation expressed deep condolences to the families of the deceased.
The tragic accident occurred on October 18, as the civilians left Zolote-4 and headed to Zolote-5 in the occupied part of Luhansk region. Their bodies currently stay near the outpost of the Russian militants in that area. The OSCE launched a drone that hovered over the site and passed the coordinates to the Red Cross. The relatives of the victims asked the Red Cross to get the bodies and hand them over to them. However, the militants refused to cooperate.