21 children deceased due to mishandling explosives in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Since 2014, over 100 kids were wounded because of encountering landmines and other explosive items
18:49, 30 August 2018


1,858 people have suffered the consequences of mishandling explosives in Donbas since April 2014. Maksym Komisarov, the chief of Defense Ministry's department for environmental safety and counter-mine activity said this as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

'482 of them deceased', Komisarov said.

He added that over a hundred children sustained wounds due to mishandling explosives, 21 of them died.

Earlier, the Ukrainian government assumed it might take 10-15 years to fully clear the occupied territories of Donbas of the live landmines.

Previously, UN monitoring group for human rights urged Ukraine to look into the violations of civilian rights during the Ilovasisk tragedy in August 2014.

Since the beginning of the year, Russian militants violated the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine more than 100,000 times. OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Head Ertugrul Apakan said this at the UN Security Council session in May. 'Since January this year, OSCE SMM has reported over 100,000 ceasefire violations, after a brief pause in the combat activity; then, the action resumed. Since the year began, the Mission confirmed 107 civilian deaths; most of these people walked on landmines or other sorts of explosive devices. Most of the cases were observed in April and May', Apakan said.

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