"According to preliminary information, a 122-mm high-explosive artillery shell exploded. There are casualties (up to five dead and a dozen injured)," Tymchuk stated.
According to him, the explosion site was cordoned off by Russian military personnel who arrived at the scene.
"According to the 'official' version of the Russian-terrorist troops' command, the incident occurred as a result of careless handling of ammunition. A version of a sabotage carried out by Ukrainian partisans is being spread among the Russian soldiers and the militants (there were small arms firefights between Russian servicemen and an unidentified enemy recorded in the area before and after the explosion)," Tymchuk added.