Ukraine fifth in the world in number of deaths from mine explosions

Ukraine joined the list of countries in which last year recorded the most casualties from landmines, says the report of the International movement to ban landmines (ICBL), reports BBC Ukraine.

Most of those killed and wounded in mine explosions in 2015, was recorded in Afghanistan (1,310), followed by Libya (1004 people), Yemen (988 people), Syria (864 persons) and Ukraine (589 people).

In General, the number of victims of landmines and similar munitions at the end of last year rose to its highest in 10 years — 5461 wounded and killed around the world. It’s 75% more than in 2014.

More than 2/3 of the victims were civilians, 38% of victims — children.

As the authors of the report, in 2015, only three countries — Myanmar, North Korea and Syria — government forces have set landmines. None of these countries did not sign the Convention banning anti-personnel mines.

Experts ICBL also noted that despite the increase in the number of victims of mine explosions, global spending on mine clearance and victim assistance are reduced.

Earlier it was reported that for full clearance of Donbass will take at least 10 years.

Chairman of the Donetsk regional military administration Pavlo zhebrivskyi said that foreign experts are not yet able to carry out demining on the territory of Ukraine, and it is therefore necessary to amend the relevant laws.

Ukraine fifth in the world in number of deaths from mine explosions 23.11.2016

Ноябрь 23rd, 2016 by
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