: AFP: New skull and crossbones signs warn of mines in Ukraine

11:25 Apr. 3, 2016

AFP: New skull and crossbones signs warn of mines in Ukraine

Mines (UNIAN Photo)

Explosive devices killed 21 people and injured 57 in the preceding three months in eastern Ukraine 

"Danger! Mines! Do not leave the road!", warns a billboard painted with an ominous skull and crossbones on a blood-red background that stands on a roadside in war-torn eastern Ukraine.

Though fighting between Kyiv's forces and pro-Russian rebels has dwindled after nearly two years, mines scattered across the vital industrial region that is home to some three million people continue claiming lives at an alarming rate.

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A March report prepared by the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said explosive devices had killed 21 people and injured 57 in the preceding three months.

In the absence of massive artillery shelling, landmines remain the main cause of civilian casualties, the report said. 

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Ukraine's emergency services report clearing the Donetsk and Lugansk provinces that are partially run by the rebels of more than 44,000 mines and booby traps by the start of December. Full story 

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