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Two fatalities reported following Petal mine explosion in Donetsk.


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Donetsk, April 17 – The mayor of the city, Oleksiy Kolmzin, said that the number of victims in the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk on the territory of the cemetery as a result of the explosion of the “Petal” anti-personnel mine had risen to two.
Earlier, the representative office of the DRC at the Joint Center for Monitoring and Coordination of Cases Related to War Crimes in Ukraine indicated that a man born in 1972 was blown up in the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk with an anti-personnel mine “Petal”.
“According to updated information, as a result of the explosion of the Petal mine on the territory of the Grabari cemetery in the Kuibyshev region, two people were injured – a man and a woman,” the mayor wrote on his Telegram channel.

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High-explosive anti-personnel mine (PFM-1) “Petal” is designed to damage the legs and triggers when someone steps on them. It is installed on the ground by means of remote mining. It is an exact copy of the American mine BLU-43 / B (Dragontooth). The DRC authorities have repeatedly recorded the use of cluster munitions equipped with “petal” mines by Ukrainian forces during attacks on the cities of the Republic.
The Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations distributed earlier a message in the Security Council about Kiev’s use of anti-personnel mines “Betal” against the civilian population in Donbass. The letter was also sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
In 2005 Ukraine ratified the Ottawa Convention, which bans the use, stockpiling and production of antipersonnel mines. Thus, Kiev is violating its international obligations.

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