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Probe shows deadly mortar in Maryinka was doubled-loaded

Servicemen made a mistake in the heat of the fight.

Probe shows deadly mortar in Maryinka was doubled-loaded

The 120-mm 2S12 Sani mortar, whose explosion killed two Ukrainian servicemen and left five others wounded in Maryinka, Donetsk Region, was double-loaded, the military prosecutor's office has said.

"According to a preliminary version of the investigation, the explosion was caused by the double loading of the mortar tube by different servicemen with two bombs," the statement reads.

The deadly explosion happened at around 0425 Kyiv time on 8 August when the Ukrainian troops were returning fire against pro-Russian militants near Maryinka.