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Russia's Permanent Representative in OSCE claims Ukraine uses anti-personnel mines in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to him, it becomes clear why Kyiv negotiators in the Minsk trilateral contact group are hindering the development of an updated mine clearance plan
18:49, 1 May 2020

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OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) observers noticed anti-personnel mines at the Armed Forces of Ukraine checkpoint in Donbas, although a representative of Kyiv announced their destruction. This was announced by Russia's Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich, at online meeting of the Permanent Council of this international organization in Vienna, NewsOne reports.

“The respected Permanent Representative of Ukraine, speaking in the Permanent Council, repeatedly assured that the Armed Forces does not use anti-personnel mines in Donbas, and indeed Kyiv supposedly destroyed all their stocks. As the SMM reports show, the reality is different. On April 24, on the outskirts of Popasna in the Luhansk region, SMM observers noticed four boxes with MON-90 anti-personnel mines, Lukashevich informed.

According to him, it becomes clear why the Kyiv negotiators in the contact group are hindering the development of an updated mine clearance plan, thereby disrupting the corresponding decision of the Normandy Summit in Paris on December 9, 2019.

Related: Day in Donbas: No casualties among Ukrainian servicemen

"Analysis of the data from the mission reports shows that a formal participation in the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention does not prevent Kyiv from using them in the Donbas. By the way, participants in the convention repeatedly pointed out Kyiv’s non-compliance with the obligation to destroy mines," the Russian ambassador said.

Earlier, we reported that district administrations of the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions hide information about the incidence of Covid-19: hospitals are overcrowded, and health workers are obliged to not disclose information about the epidemiological situation on the receipt. This was stated by the commander of the Joint Forces Volodymyr Kravchenko in an interview with Ukrinform.

He said the vast majority of cases that had similar symptoms to coronavirus were qualified by doctors as pneumonia or SARS.

"Administration of occupied territories is trying to hide the real state of the situation with epidemic... Directly in the health care area, the situation in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is characterized by the fact that the infectious wards in hospitals are overflowing with patients with flu and pneumonia, there are virtually no medical supplies, medications, lack of specialized medical staff and necessary equipment. In this case, the current medical staff was obliged to not disclose information about the epidemiological situation," Kravchenko said.

As we reported earlier, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry urged Russia, as the state-occupant, to provide the protection of life and health of the population in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and annexed Crimea in terms of Covid-19 pandemic.

Related: Ukraine's Foreign Minister urged his Russian counterpart to release Ukrainian prisoners in Russia and Crimea

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