‘OSCE SMM is marred by the news of the death of three children and injuring of two this weekend in the east of Ukraine. More than 23 children were injured/died only in 2018. children continue to be victims of the ongoing conflict,’ reads the message.
Reportedly, three children were killed, another child was injured as a result of the detonation of an antipersonnel fragmentation mine near Horlivka in Donbas.
Later, Pavlo Lysyansky, the representative of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights in Donetsk and Luhansk regions claimed that the child suffered as the result of the mine explosion near occupied Horlivka is in the medium to the severe state.
As we reported earlier, 1,858 people have suffered the consequences of mishandling explosives in Donbas since April 2014. 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 landmines.