On average, from January to November of this year, there was 1 conflict-related child casualty per week along eastern Ukraine’s contact line, the release added.
"Eastern Ukraine is now one of the most mine-contaminated places on earth, endangering 220,000 children who live, play and go to and from school in areas littered with landmines, unexploded ordnance and other deadly explosive remnants of war," the release said.
#BREAKING @UNICEF declares E. Ukraine now “one of the most mine-contaminated places on earth.” Average one conflict-related child casualty/week along 500km contact line. Calls on all sides to recommit to the ceasefire, allow mine clearance activities/recovery efforts @UNICEF_UA pic.twitter.com/YeD3Ub5oVw— Michael Bociurkiw (@mikeybbq) 21 декабря 2017 г.
UNICEF urged all parties to the conflict in eastern Ukraine to recommit to the ceasefire signed in Minsk to allow for landmine clearance and recovery of unexploded ordnance.
A violent military conflict in Ukraine started in 2014 after residents of the eastern Donbas region refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government that came to power in what they perceived to be a coup. In February 2015, the parties to the Ukrainian conflict signed the Minsk peace accords to end the fighting in the crisis-torn region, but the situation in the region has nevertheless remained tense.