The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Mines Continue to Kill and Maim Decades After War Ends

Apr 8, 2024

There are now more land mines in Ukraine than almost anywhere else on Earth. Unexploded mortars, bombs, artillery shells, and cluster munitions deployed by both Russia and Ukraine add to the danger. U.S. and European “military experts” have advised Ukraine to increase the use of landmines in their own territory to fend off Russian advances.

According to the United Nations, since February 2022, at least 369 Ukrainian people have died from land mine explosions, including 22 children. There have been over 600 injuries.

Right now, if you include the naval mines in water, thirty percent of Ukraine is thought to be littered with land mines. The mined territory is about the size of Florida. The newest mines are colorful and plastic and often scattered by air all over the ground. They can easily be mistaken by children as toys. There is no way all these mines will be able to be cleared before children are harmed.

Globally, in 2021, 5,500 people were killed or maimed by land mines, half of whom were children, according to United Nations data.

The World Bank estimates that the total cost of clearing these land mines after the war will be about 38 BILLION DOLLARS.

How much has the United States committed to the de-mining effort in Ukraine? Only 95 million dollars has been proposed! While wealthy financiers of war are dining on their yachts and discussing future wars, the people of Ukraine will be clearly on their own to fund the decades-long clean-up that this deadly mess requires.