LUGANSK, January 19 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic militiaman who went missing in the contact line area, died of gunshot wounds and the failure to provide medical aid, the LPR People’s Militia press service reported.
Earlier, the LPR militia said that the body of the serviceman who went missing in the Debaltsevo area on January 15, was handed over to the Republic on January 18. The serviceman “lost his way in the condition of poor visibility as he was returning from LPR militia positions, and wandered into the area between opposing forces' positions in the Lugansk settlement area where Ukrainian army 59th Brigade gunmen shot at him in cold blood.”
“On January 19, the LPR militia received a report on forensic examination of the militiaman’s body. Forensic experts ascertained that he had died of gunshot wounds and the failure to provide aid. The report said that timely medical assistance would have saved his life,” the press service said.
Surgical intervention signs were found on the body. “We do not rule out that it was done to falsify evidence on the presence of narcotic or psychedelic substances or alcohol in the body to smear the image of the LPR defender,” it said.
“The horrible incident clearly shows the inhumanity and cruelty of Ukrainian gunmen confirming the fact that the bulk of Ukrainian armed formations is comprised of former convicts who come to Donbass with the sole purpose to kill,” the LPR militia said.
“For their part, the LPR militia takes a humane attitude towards Ukrainian gunmen who need help; our medics try to save their lives when they require urgent medical aid. The recent incident involving two drug addicts from the Ukrainian army’s 14th Brigade serves as an example. LPR medics did manage to save one of them without amputating his frostbitten leg, though the other died of overdose,” the militia said.
14th Brigade serviceman Nikolay Tarasyuk, detained by militiamen as he was attempting to cross the contact line, died of overdose on the way to hospital. He body was handed over to Ukraine. Soon thereafter, Ukrainian representatives falsified reports about the circumstances of his death. The LPR also passed serviceman Alexander Pupko to Ukraine who had wandered into the LPR militia’s positions under the influence of narcotics.
The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The document provides for ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line.