September 17, 2021

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Pro-Russian separatists use banned anti-personnel mines in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists use banned anti-personnel mines in eastern Ukraine

According to TV reporter Oleksandr Makhov, Russian-backed separatists have undermined the residential sector in the village of Zaitsevo with internationally banned anti-personnel mines.

The reporter shared footage showing Russian-made POM-2 landmines equipped with fuzes capable of being activated by a person’s involuntary act.

“POM-2 mines were dropped by drones over houses at night. Some fell into the backyard of the locals, “said Oleksandr Makhov.


It is also important to note that the Armed Forces General Staff of Ukraine also confirmed that Russian-backed rebels used POM-2 landmines in the same areas.

“On April 12, Russian occupiers insidiously undermined the civilian sector of the village of Zaitsevo with POM-2 landmines prohibited by the Ottawa Convention under the pretext of Ukrainian military actions, according to a press release from the General Staff.

Meanwhile, the general staff press release said separatists in the conflict have now resorted to using mortar rounds and rocket launchers (RPG-7) to deliver mines to the other side.

This type of mine armed with a passive activation mechanism or tripwire fuze. Typically, cables are attached to the POM-2 mine to detect or react to physical movement. It will blow when its fuse has blown.

POM-2 mines are not aimed at a specific military objective; it can unnecessarily and excessively endanger the civilian population; and are prohibited by Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, Article 51 (4). This includes anti-personnel landmines that are not detonated from a distance by an observer but will instead detonate when his fuse trips or self-destructs.

The same types of anti-personnel mines were also used in Libya and Syria, coinciding with the Russian military presence in those conflicts.