More than 260 Ukrainian civilians killed by landmines

Russia, which is not party to the Mine Ban Treaty, used antipersonnel mines extensively in Ukraine since its all-out invasion of the country in February 2022.

Landmines and other explosive devices have killed 264 civilians in Ukraine since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Telegram Nov. 1. 

The number of those killed includes at least 14 children, according to a separate report by the State Emergency Services on Oct. 23. 

In total, 571 people have been injured in more than 560 separate accidents involving landmines, the General Staff said. 

Of all the incidents with landmines, 145 took place in fields, making it the most common location for an accident. The second-most common location was roads, with 125 incidents. 

A 14-year-old boy was killed and a 12-year-old boy was injured after coming across a mine while playing in a field in Mykolaiv Oblast on Oct. 15, while an explosive device killed two men in a field in Kharkiv Oblast on Oct. 11. 

Another 117 incidents took place in yards around houses, followed by forests with 91 incidents. Areas around water, such as reservoirs, accounted for 30 incidents with mines. 

Civilians have also been injured by explosive finds found indoors, with 53 incidents taking place in rooms.