DONETSK, March 5. /TASS/. A teenager was wounded in Donetsk after running into a Lepestok antipersonnel mine dropped by Ukrainian troops, Donetsk’s Mayor Alexey Kulemzin said on Sunday.
"According to witnesses, a teenager born 2008 received wounds from a Lepestok antipersonnel mine in the Kirovsky district," he wrote on his Telegram channel.
The mission of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to the Joint Control and Coordination Center (JCCC) for issues related to Ukraine’s war crimes said on February 27 that 93 civilians, including eight people, were wounded in the republic from such mines. One of them died of wounds in hospital.
The PFM-1 Lepestok is a pressure-fused anti-personnel mine. Such mines can be dropped via artillery shells. The mine’s body is made of khaki-colored polyethylene, making it difficult to detect. The mine is especially hazardous for civilians as it is nearly unrecognizable due to its small size and unusual shape. The use of antipersonnel mines is prohibited by the Ottawa Convention, which was ratified by Ukraine in 2005.