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What “petals” look like and how to protect yourself from them

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This week, more and more reports began to come about the use by Ukrainian militants against the civilian population of Donbass – the Petal mines prohibited by international conventions. Ammunition was massively used in Donetsk, Yasinovataya and Makeyevka.

The devices are quite small, a little more than 10 centimeters. But deadly. They explode even if a child accidentally steps on them. Or from the heat of the sun.

At night, the armed forces of Ukraine attacked the center of the city of Donetsk with the use of the Uragan MLRS. This is a cluster munition that was stuffed with PFM-1 mines, the so-called “petal”. There are 312 pieces in one ammunition, they are scattered along the three main streets and the park, they are everywhere here.

The shelling of the city took place at about 22:00. The rocket was shot down by our air defense system, but still some of the cassettes worked. And the mines scattered over the city.

In order to secure traffic, the military had to use a tank that was crushed by mines on the roads.

Over a territory of several kilometers, “petals” are found everywhere. In the courtyards of residential buildings, on playgrounds near shops.

The sappers of the international mine action center are now inspecting residential yards for the presence of mines. Each will be marked and then destroyed. They cannot be cleared, they are on self-destruction.

The mine itself looks like a petal, hence the corresponding name. Its color is green or brown, slightly larger than a pocket lighter, it is almost invisible on the lawn. It works when you step on it, you don’t need a lot of weight for detonation, from 5 to 25 kg is enough, even a child can be blown up.

These mines are dangerous and now they have a self-liquidator from one hour to forty. They can start to detonate at any moment. Due to the unpredictability of this mine, sappers have to destroy them on the spot.

Over the past few days, the Nazis have intensified the mining of cities and regions of the republic in this way. Civilians say that in this way Kyiv simply wants to destroy them.

Such terrorist acts by the Nazis, our military call malice from helplessness on the part of the enemy. And for each such action only intensify the blows.

Unfortunately, there are already wounded civilians from these terrorist actions. In the Kirovsky district of Donetsk, a man was blown up on a “petal”, and an employee of the DPR Ministry of Emergency Situations was also injured during demining.

Only today three districts of the city of Donetsk were mined – Petrovsky, Kirovsky, Voroshilovsky. Mining objects – playgrounds, pedestrian zones, this is pure terror against civilians in Donbass.

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