As a result of a mine explosion, eight civilians died in Donbas in the period from August 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. This was reported by Matilda Bogner, Head of UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU).
"Thirty-six civilian casualties resulted from mine-related incidents and handling of explosive remnants of war: eight killed (seven men and one woman) and 28 injured (20 men, five boys, and three women). Two other civilian casualties (one injured man and one injured girl) were caused by a road incident with a military vehicle" the report reads.
Following the agreement on measures to strengthen the ceasefire by the Trilateral Contact Group which took effect on 27 July 2020, the security situation in the conflict zone in Donetsk and Luhansk regions has improved significantly.
During the reporting period, the number of ceasefire violations, as reported by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, was 93 per cent lower than during the preceding six months (from 116,900 to 8,484). This resulted in dramatic decreases in civilian casualties resulting from active hostilities, and in damages to civilian objects.
It was reported that OHCHR continued to systematically record incidents affecting civilian objects (excluding civilian housing). In comparison to the preceding six-month period, there were fewer attacks affecting civilian objects, from 72 incidents (of which 40 resulted in damage to civilian water and sanitation facilities) from 1 February to 31 July 2020, to four incidents between 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021, none of which resulted in damage.
Bogner called on the parties to the conflict to adhere to the ceasefire and fully comply with international humanitarian law.