KHARKIV OBLAST, Feb 28 — On February 27, at 3 p.m., a 42-year-old man exploded on a mine. There is information that it was a PFM-1 Petal.

The head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported this on Telegram.

According to him, the victim exploded while cleaning a land plot. He is in the hospital with injuries.

The PFM-1 (anti-personnel landmine) “Petal” is a Soviet-made anti-personnel landmine. It copies the American BLU-43/B Dragontooth mine. The Soviet Army put the mine into service in 1975. It can be laid manually or with the help of special mine fences. The PFM-1 is a very dangerous mine because it can be disguised as grass or foliage. When a person steps on the mine, it detonates, causing severe injury or death.

How to report mines and/or other explosive objects in Ukraine

  • Submit a request through the SES application for demining (iOS and Android);
  • In the MineFree app for demining (iOS and Android);
  • Call 101 or 102.

In total, since the beginning of the deoccupation of the Kharkiv Oblast, sappers have examined more than 4,361 hectares of territory and defused almost 88,000 pieces of explosive devices.

The explosives injured more than 200 people in the Kharkiv Oblast. This is the highest figure among Ukrainian oblasts.

UPD from 10:06 a.m.: Fixed the translation mistake in the headline from “exploded” to “injured”.

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