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Ukraine

Ukraine signed the Convention on 24 February 1999, ratified it on 27 December 2005, with the Convention entering into force for Ukraine on 1 June 2006.

 

Obligations under the Convention

In its initial transparency report submitted in December 26, Ukraine reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.

Notwithstanding the obligation to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines, the Convention permits the retention of the minimum number of anti-personnel mines absolutely necessary for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques.

As of 2013, Ukraine had reported having retained 605 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes.

In its initial transparency report submitted in December 2006, Ukraine reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession. Ukraine, according to Article 4, undertaook "to destroy or ensure the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines it owns or possesses, or that are under its jurisdiction or control, as soon as possible but not later than four years after the entry into force of this Convention for that State Party." On 1 June 2010, Ukraine's deadline for the destruction of its stockpiled anti-personnel mines passed.

In 2020, Ukraine reported it had destroyed 3'438'492 mines, including 216,252 destroyed since the Oslo Review Conference, and that it still remain 3'364'889 mines to be destroyed. Ukraine faces an important challenge destroying a particular type of mine – the Soviet-era “PFM-1” mine – which is extremely hazardous and poses serious technical difficulties.

In its initial transparency report, Ukraine reported that there were no known areas under its jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines are known or suspected to be emplaced.

At the 2014 Intersessional Meetings Ukraine reported that it suspected a number of areas to have been contaminated by mines.

In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, Ukraine undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 June 2016.

In November 2018, Ukraine submitted a request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 June 2021.

On 6 May 2019, acting upon the decisions of the Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties, Ukraine submitted an updated work plan for the implementation of Article 5.

On 8 June 2020, Ukraine submitted a second request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Eighteenth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 December 2023.

Article 5 Extension Request Process

Ukraine has undertaken to provide for the care and assistance of mine victims.

Ukraine is also a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Annually and no later than 30 April, each State Party is to update information covering the previous calendar year. The latest Article 7 reports for this State Party can be found on this page. 

Article 9 of the Convention states that “each State Party shall take all appropriate legal, administrative and other measures, including the imposition of penal sanctions, to prevent and suppress any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Convention undertaken by persons or on territory under its jurisdiction or control.”

Ukraine has reported having established national implementation measures or that it considers existing legislation to be sufficient. 

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