According to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), 42 children died as a result of the explosion of mines and unexploded ordnance during the war in Donbas. This was reported by the press service of the UNICEF office in Ukraine on Facebook.
In addition, 144 children were injured in eastern Ukraine from April 2014 to August 2020 for the same reason.
Most of the deaths or injuries of children occur when they pick up explosives because they think they are toys.
UNICEF notes that for almost seven years of armed conflict on both sides of the contact line, it remains extremely important to educate children about mine risk.
In 2018, the UNICEF reported that during the war in Donbas, more than 140 children were killed or wounded as a result of explosions. Mines and unexploded ordnance threaten the lives of 220,000 children in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.
By the way, Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov believes that mine clearance in Donbass may take 25 to 30 years. According to him, the density of explosive substances on the territory of Ukraine is greater than anywhere else in the world.