A Russian-made, non-contact explosive device NVU-P ‘Okhota’, prohibited by the Ottawa Convention, was found in the Joint Forces Operation area.

According to the SBU press-service, pro-Russian rebels near the Novotoshkivka village in the Luhansk region placed the explosive.

“NVU-P ‘Okhota’ is a set of five land mines, which are activated after a  human movement registration by seismic sensors installed on the ground. The dangerous radius of defeat from the center of installation amounts to 30 meters,” the message stated.

The Joint Forces operation press centre also reported that the rebels in the Bakhmut district of Donetsk region used remote mining tactics with the help of POM-2 land mines prohibited by international conventions.

One of the mines did not explode and was defused.

The Ukrainian side emphasizes this type of explosive has been banned by the Ottawa Convention since 1997 and is produced only in the Russian Federation.

Bohdan Marusyak

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