Donetsk, Aug 2 — DAN. Ukrainian armed formations have fired missiles with PMF-1 “Lepestok” anti-personnel mines at Donetsk’s Kirovsky district, the Donetsk People’s Republic Territorial Defense Headquarters said.

“Ukrainian gunmen delivered at strike at the Kirovsky district scattering banned PMF-1 ‘Lepestok’ pressure-activated anti-personnel mines, ” the HQ said.  “Local residents found many mines which had been dropped during Ukrainian MLRS strikes.”

Mines were found in Lyubarsky, Patrice Lumumba, Delegatskaya and Tereshkova Streets, it added.

In the past few days, Ukrainian gunmen have stepped up the tactic of dropping PMF-1 “Lepestok” anti-personnel mines on town streets during strikes at DPR. Several people have been reportedly wounded in ordnance detonations. On Monday, a resident of Donetsk’s Petrovsky district was wounded in a mine explosion.

PMF-1 “Lepestok” is a pressure-activated mine of Soviet production. It has two varieties, PMF-1 and PMF-1 °C.  The first variety has no self-destruct mechanism while PMF-1 °C can self-destruct upon the expiration of one to 40 hours since the time of installation. The time before self-destruct depends on ambient temperature. If an adult steps on “Lepestok, ” it will cripple him for life. For children, stepping on “Lepestok” is likely to be fatal.*jk