DISINFO: Ukraine mines settlements in Donbas
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DISINFO: Ukraine mines settlements in Donbas

SUMMARY

Ukrainian army mines settlement in Donbas and creates obstacles for OSCE monitoring. Servicemen of the 3rd battalion of the 28th brigade planted 185 anti-tank mines on public roads and in the immediate vicinity of residential buildings in the village Krasnogorovka, without the installation of signs of mine danger.

RESPONSE

This is the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative against the Ukrainian army alleging violation of the Minsk agreements by Ukraine. No proof is provided about who laid which mines and when.

44 demining groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are involved in clearing explosives from the land. 29 groups work in environmental protection, 15 perform tasks on clearing the territories of arsenals, bases and warehouses where emergencies have occurred. In total, 38 demining groups worked this year, and more than 511 hectares, 329 km of roads were cleared of explosives, and more than 17,000 explosives were destroyed.

Moreover, the Netherlands' government allocated 4 million euro for the scope of the humanitarian mine clearing. Demining of the Ukrainian territories has been carried out by collaborating with The HALO Trust organisation which is specialised in recovering war-torn land from the explosive devices.

Also, the OSCE special monitoring mission constantly emphasises in its reports that armed formations of Donetsk and Luhansk regions often deny the SMM access to some areas adjacent to non-government-controlled sections of the Ukrainian border.

Similar cases also claimed that Ukrainian army uses white phosphorous and fires on OSCE patrol. At the same time, OSCE ignored wounding of three children in Donetsk as it is being told by Europe when to ignore shelling in Donbas.

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