It is impossible to completely clear Donetsk from the anti-personnel mines “Petal” dropped by the Ukrainian military. This was stated by the mayor of the city Alexei Kulemzin.
“They hide in the grass, in crumbling leaves, get stuck in the crowns of trees and then fall on a place cleared of the same explosive devices. Now it’s impossible to remove everything, ”TASS quotes him as saying.
The head of the city added that, according to the latest information, 63 civilians were blown up by such mines. Kulemzin also recalled that Petals are banned all over the world.
Earlier, on August 30, Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the first corps of the People’s Militia of the DPR, said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had resumed shelling the settlements of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) with Petals. He also said that the first versions of these anti-personnel mines do not have a self-destruct mechanism, and therefore they can be dangerous for a long time.
Prior to that, on August 15, the DPR reported that 44 civilians were blown up on the Petals. Two of the victims were children.
Two days earlier, Aleksey Kulemzin reported that in the Petrovsky district of the capital of the DPR, a civilian was injured due to a Lepestok anti-personnel mine that detonated under her feet. The victim was hospitalized in the city hospital No.
In addition, on August 11, in Donetsk, a child was injured when he stepped on a PFM-1 “Petal” mine dropped by Ukrainian militants. It was clarified that a child born in 2007 was blown up in the Kirovsky district.
The use of anti-personnel mines PFM-1 “Lepestok” is prohibited in armed conflicts due to their danger to civilians. Their ban is enshrined in a UN convention to which 163 states, including Ukraine, have joined. Photographs of the use of such weapons by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbass have already been sent by the Russian Federation to the UN.
Since February 24, Russia has been conducting a special operation to protect Donbass. Its key goals are the denazification and demilitarization of the Kyiv regime. Moscow emphasized that with the help of a special operation, Russia was stopping the war that Kyiv had waged for eight years against the civilian population of the republics.
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