30% of territories of Volnovakha district contaminated with mines - OSCE

Source : 112 Ukraine

The mined areas around the village make impossible for locals to collect firewood
13:16, 14 September 2015


"In government-controlled Volnovakha (53km south-west of Donetsk), the deputy head of the emergency services of Volnovakha district told the SMM that 30 per cent of the district was contaminated with mines and unexploded ordinance," acording to the latest report of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM). The observers expressed particular concern about government-controlled Novotroitske and Mykolaivka (36 and 39km south-west of Donetsk), and Starohnativka and Andriivka (51 and 61km south of Donetsk).

According to the SMM statement, near government-controlled Berezove (31km south-west of Donetsk), eight or nine people had suffered injuries in booby-trap incidents over the last three months.

"In government-controlled Bolotene (21km north-east of Luhansk), a group of local residents (two women and one man in their sixties) voiced their concerns over the area around the village being mined and booby-trapped, making it impossible for them to collect firewood," reports OSCE. 

Ukrainian State Emergency Service states that demining of the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions has essencial priority within the current policy. OSCE, NATO, and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining gives Ukraine an assistance in this field.

Related: Six landmine victims in Luhansk region

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