At 11:30 a.m. on March 3, Military of the DPR People’s Militia reported to the Yasinovataya MIA’s duty station that they had detected a group of children between the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the DPR People’s Militia, the press office of the Internal Affairs Ministry reports.

“An operational investigative unit of the DPR Internal Affairs Ministry was dispatched to that area at 12:00 to confirm the fact, evacuate children and ensure their safety. In the course of the corresponding activities, the unit came under targeted sniper fire launched from the AFU positions, as a result of which junior police sergeant V.I. Voina suffered a fatal wound. The children have not been evacuated and their whereabouts are currently unknown.

Such incidents with the infiltration of children into the line of combat contact from the territory temporarily out of the DPR control have already occurred several times and were curtailed by employees of the Internal Affairs Ministry,” the statement says.

The DPR Ministry of Internal Affairs draws attention to the fact that, according to the Minsk agreements, there is a comprehensive ceasefire regime in effect, which means a ban on the use of any weapons, including small arms.

The stated actions of the Ukrainian side have once again demonstrated a complete disregard not only for the Minsk agreements, but also the norms of universal human morality and are openly provocative in nature.