Ukraine ranks first in the world in terms of the death rate due to mine explosions, Neal Walker, UN humanitarian assistance coordinator in Ukraine announced the corresponding information on Monday, December 4, in Kyiv. At the same time, Ukraine ranks 3rd in the world ranking of landmines quantity.
According to the UN data, 103 persons were killed and wounded in the area of military operations from January to September 2017. Totally at least 2,500 civilians were killed, no less than 9,000 received injuries as a result of the conflict in the Donbas from 2014. Totally, the conflict claimed the lives of more than 10 thousand people.
Previously the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported, 701 servicemen were injured by a mine explosion in Donbas, and 199 military personnel were killed from July 2014 to November this year. Since the beginning of 2017, 134 servicemen have hit explosive devices, 34 of them died.
“It takes 15-20 years to clear up the entire mined area in controlled and uncontrolled areas of Ukraine. And that's in case the hostilities stop before the end of this year. If chaotic mining continues, it would be a serious issue of Ukraine's humanitarian and economic development," said Yaroslav Yurtsaba, national manager of the environmental economy and military-political programs of the OSCE coordinator in Ukraine.
According to Yurtsaba, this issue needs immediate steps to take.
Earlier, militants used the mines of Russian manufacture in Donbas.