UNITED NATIONS, January 31. /TASS/. Any cases of the use of anti-personnel mines causing casualties among civilians should be investigated, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General, said on Tuesday.
"When there's any chance that armaments are being used that cause such casualties, this be fully investigated, and so we would encourage that to happen," he said when asked about a possible investigation of casualties as a result of the use of Lepestok anti-personnel mines in Donbass by Ukrainian troops.
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 earlier this week that since the beginning of the escalation in Donbass, 89 civilians have been hurt by Lepestok mines, one of them died in the hospital.
A 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.