On March 16th, at 14:42 local time, a Ukrainian armored vehicle ran over a mother with her two children (five months and eight years old) in the Ukrainian city Kostyantynivka, part of Donetsk Oblast. One of the children, an 8 year old girl called “Polina”, was dead on the spot. The mother and her other child were hospitalized. According to a report by RT, the mother is in a coma.
Lieutenant Marian Rak had driven the tank in inebriated condition with a fellow officer, as witnesses confirmed. After the incident, he committed a hit and run. Now the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko decorated the lieutenant with an honorary medal for “outstanding leadership, organizational skills and perseverance that contributed to the decisive victory in the battle”.
Both officers of the Ukrainian army are said to have drunk so much before the accident, “that they could hardly stand on their feet”, eyewitnesses commented.