More than 2,5 thousand civilians have perished in Donbass since the beginning of the military operation by the Ukrainian forces due to explosions of hazardous ordnance, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Monday, April 2. A critical situation has emerged in Donbass due to the presence in the region of a large number of explosive items.
"The most complex situation is in Donbass, where explosive objects inflict death and injuries on people. According to the information received from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, during the conflict period – from 14 April 2014 to 15 August 2017 – there perished at least 2,558 civilians, including 2,416 adults and 242 children," the report on the website of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry cited the recent UN data.
According to the ministry, the situation with explosive items left over from combat operations in Ukraine is one of the world's worst.
In addition, infrastructure facilities are in critical condition, access to which is restricted due to high mine-explosion risk, the head of the Department of Environmental Security and Mine Action of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, Colonel Maxim Komissarov said.
Let us recall that earlier the UN recognized Donbass as one of the most mined regions in the world, which will have to be cleared for at least 40 years.
DONi News Agency