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 Ukraine must withdraw from Ottawa Convention during war to stop disposing of its defensive weapons, - journalist

It is vital for Ukraine to pull out of the Ottawa Convention to stop destroying available defensive weapons during the war in the east.

Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote on Facebook.

"Ukraine continues to fulfill its international obligations on disarmament. As stated by the representatives of Ukraine and NATO at the Pavlohrad chemical plant today, 1 million PFM-1 Lepestok anti-personnel mines have been disposed of with NATO funding as of Oct. 12, 2016.

"Ukraine is a signatory to the Ottawa Convention and it is not the first time when the anti-personnel mines are disposed of. This is done pursuant to the law of Ukraine on the demilitarization of small arms, light weapons, ammunition and landmines adopted in January 2012.

"The disposal was funded by NATO Support and Procurement Agency finance (NSPA). I understand NATO's logic - they want to prevent dangerous arms spread, and they care little about Ukraine's national interests. They pay to prevent an outflow so that Ukrainian weapons were not used somewhere else," Butusov wrote.

According to the journalist, this issue needs to be reviewed in the context of the combat operations in Ukraine's east because these weapons are needed at the forefront today.

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"A landmine is an efficient weapon especially useful for the defense. The PFM-1 anti-personnel mine is of paramount importance as the one designed for large-scale mine-laying operations during maneuver warfare. These mines can be laid using fortification and obstacle construction equipment, multiple launch rocket systems, and even by dropping them from planes and helicopters.

"Mass planting of these mines can definitely contain an attack in case of a possible invasion. These mines are definitely needed at the front line now provided, of course, that the minefields will be recorded. For example, PFM-1 mines are used by the Russian army in the Donbas," Butusov wrote.

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He stresses that the NATO countries do not supply Ukraine with lethal weapons, but fund their destruction there at the same time.

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"We need to somehow finally explain the West that the situation has changed. Ukraine is no longer a neutral state. If you do not supply weapons, then at least stop demanding that we destroy what we have in stock.

"It is absurd since we need mines at the forefront! Our mines must protect our positions and dispose of Russian mercenaries. I think Ukraine must temporarily withdraw from the Ottawa Convention and disengage itself from this obligation. I hope parliament will pay attention to this issue," Butusov summed up.

As reported, nearly 1 million PFM-1 Lepestok anti-personnel mines (equipped with self-destruct mechanism) were demilitarized in Pavlohrad in the Dnipropetrovsk region as part of the NATO project for disposal of conventional ammunition, small arms, light weapons, and PFM-1 land mines.
 
 
 
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