Three sappers injured during engineering reconnaissance near burnt arsenal in Trans-Baikal - Defense Ministry

Three sappers were injured on Wednesday while conducting engineering reconnaissance of area near the Bolshaya Tura settlement in the Trans-Baikal territory.

Three sappers were injured on Wednesday while conducting engineering reconnaissance of area near the Bolshaya Tura settlement in the Trans-Baikal territory.

"Upon driving on an unexploded mine, the device went off, as a result three servicemen have sustained injuries of varying degrees. They all have been brought quickly to a hospital in Chita. According to the assessment of military doctors, their lives are not in danger now," Russian Defense Ministry press office and information department head, Major General Igor Konashenkov told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

None of the civilians, who were in the vehicle, were injured, while the truck has sustained insignificant damage, he said.

Engineering reconnaissance was performed near a burnt arsenal, the emergency situation occurred at around 1.15 p.m. Moscow time on Wednesday, Konashenkov said.

"According to the report from the scene, sapper group comprising trained officers was holding engineering reconnaissance in the field along a high-voltage power line. During this time a truck with electrical technicians from a local organization involved in restoring power supplies to the settlement went off the road and drove towards the field. The group of sappers made an attempt to stop the vehicle, aware of the danger of the vehicle hitting a mine. However, the truck driver decided to drive off from the servicemen instead of obliging to the head of the sapper group," Konashenkov said.

Upon hitting a mine, it unexploded, the device went off and three officers "sustained injuries of different degrees," he said.

"All injured servicemen were brought quickly on an army aviation helicopter to the military hospital in Chita, where they are being provided with qualified medical care. According to the assessments of military doctors, their lives are currently in no danger," Konashenkov said.

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