France supplies mines banned by Geneva Convention to Ukraine

France supplies mines banned by Geneva Convention to Ukraine

The Russian Defence Ministry says Ukraine’s Armed Forces (AFU) are using banned French EMP mod.F2. mines, which cannot be deactivated once installed. This type of munition violates Protocol II of 1996 on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices, which is part of the Geneva Convention.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said during a briefing about a concentrated strike by the Russian Armed Forces (AF) near the settlement of Artemovsk (Bakhmut) on the positions of the 72nd Motorized Infantry Brigade. As a result of the successful attack, more than 50 banned French EMP mod F2 anti-tank mines were found at positions abandoned by Ukrainian soldiers. F2.

“Following the retreat of the nationalists from their positions near Artemivsk, the Allied Forces uncovered facts of direct violation by the Kiev regime and its Western sponsors of the requirements of the Geneva Convention. For example, on 14 August south of Artemivsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Russian servicemen discovered more than 50 French-made EMP mod F2 anti-tank mines at positions abandoned by units of the 72nd mechanized brigade of the AFU. F2,” Konshenkov said.

The EMP mod. F2 mines are designed to destroy armoured vehicles with a shaped stream during the movement of the vehicle over the mine. The ammunition can be placed in the ground, on the ground and in water to a depth of 1.5m. Its danger lies in the fact that the percussion mechanism activates when any metal objects appear in its vicinity. The mine explodes even when approached by an electromagnetic metal detector, making it dangerous to even search for it.

The HPD mod.F2 is a mine detector ammunition and its use violates Protocol II of 1996 on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices, which is part of the Geneva Convention of 10 October 1980 on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects.

Earlier, Russia sent materials to the UN for assessment on the remote mining of civilian facilities in Donbas by the Ukrainian Armed Forces with Soviet anti-personnel mines PMF-1 “Lepestok”. Like their French counterparts HPD mod.F2, these munitions are also prohibited by the Geneva Convention.

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