3 boys killed by landmine in Donbass

The Man

Former Staff
Jul 2011
Three boys have been reported killed and another injured by a land mine in a separatist-controlled town in eastern Ukraine.

The separatist leaders in the Donetsk region said the explosion occurred on September 30 in the industrial frontline town of Horlivka, 30 kilometers north of the city of Donetsk.

The area has seen heavy fighting between the Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces.

Horlivka Mayor Ivan Prikhodko wrote in a social-media post that the dead were all aged between 13 and 15.

A fourth boy, aged 10, was injured in the explosion and was being treated in hospital for shrapnel injuries, he wrote.

Prikhodko told the AFP news agency that the group had gone for a walk, adding, “They found an abandoned house and were just looking for adventure."

"We are constantly confronted [by the problem of mines] and I think it is something that will continue for some time," the mayor added.

More than 10,300 people have been killed since April 2014 in the war in eastern Ukraine, where separatists continue to hold parts of the Donestk and Luhansk provinces.

Peace accords signed in Belarus’s capital, Minsk, in September 2014 and February 2015, have failed to put an end to the fighting.
Three Boys Reported Killed By Land Mine In Eastern Ukraine


Here, Ukrainian POWs step over anti-tank mines dug in by the separatists, as they walk towards their side, during a prisoner exchange on the front line

Both sides of the conflict possess large amounts of tanks and other armor. Both use Soviet-era war strategies, such as overwhelming the enemy with big waves of tanks and infantry.

As a result, both sides have also been using large numbers of mines, anti-tank and anti-personnel, as a defense against the other. Some are set up only, across roads and such, as in this case. But others, are concealed in grass and such

They are a constant danger to local civilians, plenty of whom, on either side, are still living along the front line... A tragedy like this was only waiting to happen...

It's crazy, because these things can go on working for very long time; here, for example, Russian emergency personnel found an anti-tank mine from WWII near Moscow, still functioning, still deadly as ever


There's talk that, once the situation in Donbass stabilizes, the separatist leaders may request the Russian military to send their specialists to help them clean up the mess with the mines that they made

The Ukrainians will probably have to do same on their side.

Nobody even knows, now, how many of those things are out there. And how many people have already got their legs blown off by them or whatever... The current casualty figure for the conflict, the 10,000, that's a minimal amount. Some knowledgeable people quote five times the amount of civilian casualties over there, since 2014. Who knows how many of those due to the landmines...

I've read similar horror stories from Vietnam, for example...