According to their story, Russian citizens who participated in battles on the territory of Ukraine for separatists were in the van.
They were trying to breakthrough the border on military trucks earlier, but were stopped by Russian border guards. During the second attempt to enter the territory of the Russian Federation, the militants were shot by Russian border guards. It is currently unknown whether anyone survived firing of Gazelle minivan.
According to the story of the Provalye village inhabitants, there are still a lot of destroyed vehicles near that site.