Ukraine accused of using controversial ‘butterfly’ mines against Russia

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) recently accused the Ukrainian Armed Forces of planting PFM-1s, also known as butterfly mines, throughout residential areas of Russian-controlled Donbas.

The Russian MFA also claimed that “the use of butterfly mines goes against the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of August 12, 1949.”

Ukraine did indeed sign the 1997 Ottawa Convention (also called the Mine Ban Treaty), which requires signees to cease the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and destroy any current stockpiles.

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Source: The Jerusalem Post