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Mines kill 2, injure 2 over past day, victims include children

by Martin Fornusek October 15, 2023 6:13 PM 1 min read
This photograph shows a warning sign which reads "Dangerous! Mines!" placed near destroyed houses during a demining operation in Hrakove village, Ukraine's Kharkiv Oblast, on April 18, 2023. (Sergey Bobok/AFP via Getty Images)
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A 14-year-old boy was killed, and a 12-year-old boy was injured by mines in a field in Mykolaiv Oblast's Bashtanka district on Oct. 15, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko reported.

According to the minister, the two boys were playing in an area where military operations had previously taken place.

Another deadly incident took place in Chernihiv Oblast on the same day. One local resident was killed and another injured by mines in a local forest, Klymenko reported.

Ukrainian officials said that nearly one-third of Ukraine's territory had been mined since the start of the full-scale invasion.

The interior minister noted that 248 people have been killed by mines, and 525 have been injured since February 2022.

Russia is covering Ukraine with landmines. Clearing them will be extremely difficult
In March 2022 right after the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, a cell phone video apparently taken by a Russian soldier captured two “Zemledeliye” mobile mine-laying systems thought to be stationed in Kharkiv Oblast. Positioned against a drab backdrop of what was once farmland, the “Zemledeli…

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