MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Hug explained that many civilians have been injured in the incidents involving unexploded mines and other ordnance, adding that this means the parties failed to clear the region of mines.
“From January 1 to August 13 this year, we have recorded 93 such cases, involving 28 deaths and 65 injuries,” Hug said.
#OSCE Hug: Sides' failure to remove mines & UXO hindered monitors access 600 times, took 28 lives, injured 65 people in 2017— OSCE SMM Ukraine (@OSCE_SMM) August 18, 2017
In February 2015, the parties to the Ukrainian conflict signed the Minsk peace accords to end the fighting in the crisis-affected region. Under the agreement, the conflicting parties have to introduce safe zones to stop violence and pave way for a diplomatic reconciliation. Nevertheless, sporadic armed conflicts keep reoccurring in the region.
The conflict so far has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people.