MARINKA - Three people were killed on Wednesday when a passenger minibus hit a mine in separatist eastern Ukraine during a relative calm in fighting in the 21-month war. An AFP reporter at the scene saw pools of blood and personal belongings of the victims scattered near a checkpoint at Marinka - a flashpoint village of about 10,000 people that witnessed heavy battles between pro-Russian rebels and government troops in June. "There are lots of anti-tank mines in this field and it seems that it hit one of them," a 55-year-old witness who identified himself only as Vladimir told AFP.–AFP

"It was a huge blast."

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Zadubinniy told AFP that two civilians died at the scene and a third in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.