Luhansk People’s Republic: American paramedic killed by mine

Source: Reuters

“An American paramedic working for European security watchdog OSCE’s monitoring mission in [the Luhansk People’s Republic, which seceded in 2014 from] Ukraine was killed and two others were injured on Sunday when their vehicle struck a mine, triggering a U.S. call for a transparent, timely investigation. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the killing was the first death of one of its members while on patrol in [the seceded state], where more than 700 international observers help report on a [Ukrainian invasion] that has deeply strained relations between Russia and the West. A 2015 ceasefire between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in [areas seceded from the] country is regularly violated, and Washington cites the conflict as a key obstacle to improved relations between Russia and the United States.” (04/23/17)