Antipersonnel mines, which are designed to be used against humans, have killed 50 civilians in Ukraine. This was stated by the NGO Human Rights Watch, which warned the Ukrainian government about its use.
Half of those civilians suffered lower-limb amputations and at least five were children.
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“Ukraine would have to investigate the alleged use by its army of thousands of anti-personnel mines dispersed by rockets in and around the city of Izium, when Russian forces occupied the area,” HRW wrote.
Civilian casualties are HRW’s main concern.
“Ukrainian forces appear to have intensively deployed mines in the Izium region, causing civilian casualties,” said Steve Goose, director of the arms service at HRW.
The “atrocities” committed by Russian forces “do not justify the use of these prohibited weapons” by Ukraine, Goose added.
Ukraine is one of the signatories to the 1997 Mine Ban Convention, which it ratified in 2005, HRW recalled.
However, the country will not comment on its used weapons until after the war. (YO)
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