Ukraine conflict: Likely Russia using scatterable anti-personnel mines in Donbas - MoD

The UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) says Russia is "highly likely" to be deploying anti-personnel mines along its defensive lines in eastern Ukraine.

The intelligence update from the MoD warns that the mines could "inflict widespread casualties" among both Ukraine's military and local civilians.

The update from the MoD reads: “Russia is highly likely deploying anti-personnel mines to protect and deter freedom of movement along its defensive lines in the Donbas. These mines have the potential to inflict widespread casualties amongst both the military and the local civilian population.

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"In Donetsk and Kramatorsk, Russia has highly likely attempted employment of PFM-1 and PFM-1S scatterable anti-personnel mines. Commonly called the ‘butterfly mine’, the PFM-1 series are deeply controversial, indiscriminate weapons.

The UK's Ministry of Defence says Russia is "highly likely" to be deploying anti-personnel mines along its defensive lines in eastern Ukraine's Donbas.
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"PFM-1s were used to devastating effect in the Soviet-Afghan War where they allegedly maimed high numbers of children who mistook them for toys.”The update added: “It is highly likely that the Soviet-era stock being used by Russia will have degraded over time and are now highly unreliable and unpredictable.

"This poses a threat to both the local population and humanitarian mine clearance operations.”

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