During the examination of the origin of the dangerous findings by the specialists, it was established that the anti-personnel mines were produced not in Ukraine; they were with the marking of another state.
“It should be noted that according to Ottawa Convention, the use of the anti-personnel mines as one of the means of war is prohibited,” the message said.
Ukraine had the fifth-largest arsenal of anti-personnel mines in the world (after China, Russia, U.S. and Pakistan). In 2005, the Ukrainian parliament ratified Ottawa Convention. This treaty aims to stop the use of the anti-personnel mines in the armed fight. The last such mine was eliminated in 2003 in Donetsk region.
Russia is not a member of Ottawa Convention.
As we reported 833 civilians suffered from mines since the beginning of the hostilities in the Donbas conflict zone.