Ukrainian MP, colonel of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, Donbas war veteran Roman Kostenko has said the two servicemen who were killed in a booby-trap blast in Donbas on December 1 were officers of the SBU's Alpha task force unit.
"Another tragic news from Donbas today – two officers of the SBU's Alpha task force unit, Denys and Dmytro, were killed while performing a combat mission. This is grief to their relatives and an irreplaceable loss to fellow servicemen," he wrote on Facebook on Monday, December 2.
Kostenko says he knew the two officers in person and they served in the army together.
"We were through it all, accomplished many missions together. They were strong, reliable and brave warriors, highly qualified professionals, real officers and patriots of Ukraine. Rest in peace," he added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia's hybrid military forces on December 1 mounted seven attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in a booby-trap blast.
The Joint Forces Operation's Headquarters shared details of the incident. The Alpha task force unit was engaged in a counteraction operation after an enemy subversive group had made an attempt to penetrate into the rear where Ukrainian troops were stationed. During the operation, the two officers died on the spot after unknown explosive devices had exploded.