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Russian aircraft drop cluster bombs with ‘Petal’ mines in Kharkiv Oblast

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Photo: FB Iryna Venediktova
Russian aircraft drop cluster bombs with ‘Petal’ mines in Kharkiv Oblast
Edited by: Christine Chraibi

Ukrainian soldiers have found several cluster bombs containing Lepestok (Petal) mines, which are widely banned under international humanitarian law, and can be listed as a war crime.

Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova informed that the General Staff had received a clear warning from military units deployed in Kharkiv Oblast.

“Message from Kharkiv. Happening now. Warning! Lepestok! They’re dropping cluster bombs with Lepestok mines. Different colours. Size of a finger. Step on it & it tears off your leg!”

The General Staff has confirmed this information.

Ms. Venediktova clarified that Lepestok is banned worldwide and prohibited under the Geneva Conventions.

She noted that cluster bombs caused numerous deaths and suffering in Afghanistan and other local wars in the 20th century.

Lepestok (Petal) is a Soviet-made anti-personnel fragmentation mine. It is also known as the Green parrot or Butterfly Mine. It is an almost exact copy of the American BLU-43/B Dragontooth. Adopted by the Soviet army, the mine is a deadly weapon that inflicts irreparable damage to the human body.

These mines were widely used in Afghanistan. Due to their unusual shape, children often perceived the mine as a toy and were seriously injured or killed on the spot.

Edited by: Christine Chraibi
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