Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 02.02.2019
Anti-personnel mines the Russians plant and unexploded ordnance they leave behind is the biggest killer. Shells and rockets and bullets fired by Russian occupation troops take the next highest number of lives. Putin’s War against Ukraine has killed 242 children since it began five years ago. No civilized country is doing anything – or even has a plan – to defeat Russian aggression and stop Muscovy barbarism in the heart of Europe.
“Since the beginning of the conflict, more than 2,500 civilians have been killed, including 2,400 adults and 242 children. The total number of injured - up to 10,000 people, including 2,000 children,” said Maksym Komisarov on February 1. Colonel Komisarov is the Head of the Department of Environmental Safety and Mine Action at the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. He noted that the explosions of mines and other devices is the biggest category of the cause of death and injury. Landmines alone resulted in the deaths of 269 Ukrainians, 27 of whom were children. 564 people were injured, including 98 children. All of this has happened since the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine in February 2014.
The United Nations has been monitoring the humanitarian disaster of Russian aggression in Ukraine through the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). On January 31, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani, said that 2.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the war zone.
OCHA gives a larger number of civilians dead and a smaller number of civilians injured than does Ukraine’s defence ministry. The UN agency says that over 3,300 civilians have been killed in Ukraine and up to 9,000 injured since 2014. The 427-kilometre long battlefront where the Russian Federation is invading Ukraine in Donbas (which OCHA calls the “contact line”) is littered with landmines and explosive hazards.
“Paralysed economic activity is today forcing people to resort to stark and impossible choices between eating, accessing healthcare, buying coal or sending their children to school,” read the UN’s OCHA statement.
Causing a humanitarian catastrophe is one of Putin’s war aims. He wants the burden of ameliorating the suffering Muscovy causes to fall upon the West – most of all Ukraine. The deaths of 242 Ukrainian children are caused by the war Putin started in 2014 and wages to this day. Their blood is on his hands.