TISO wrote:You apperantly missed the "Andrei Purgin noted that 8 people were killed when a shell hit a taxi van"
Not at all. If you are implying that the separatist fighter was in the mini-van then that is not supported by the reports. In your link it reports that eight people were killed when 'a shell' (the attack was also identified as being from rockets) hit a taxi van. It doesn't say how many were in the van. Other reports say that, as well as the two killed in the school itself and the 'third body' (identified as the separatist);
Reuters wrote:Near the shelled school, a Reuters team saw two charred bodies in the mini-van, two more on the pavement and another two on the street about 20 metres (yards) away.
A car had also been hit and destroyed. Rebels at the scene said two people had been killed in it and their bodies had been taken away.
Now it is possible that the bodies around the scene were blown from the mini-van, but this is less likely than they were in the vicinity and were killed by the same strike that hit the van.
The point is that the body of the separatist is not grouped with those in the area of the mini-van. Now the discrepancy about the numbers of deaths is understandable given that some severely wounded people would have died later, but the location of the bodies of those initially killed is very important for those trying to reconstruct what happened.
With both sides blaming the other, it would helpful to have a neutral team at the scene to do some forensic work and determine where the rockets or shells came from and how likely it is that the school was actually the intended target (if we are talking about an unguided rocket strike then precision strikes are obviously not an option). Sadly, it is unlikely that such a team would be allowed into the city to do any such work.