Practice Relating to the Prohibition of Certain Types of Landmines
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states that the following means of warfare are prohibited:
- mines designed to detonate by the emanation of a mine detector or other non-contact influence during their detection (search);
- any self-deactivating mines equipped with an anti-handling device that is designed in such a manner that the anti-handling device is capable of functioning after the mine has ceased to be capable of functioning.
At the First Annual Conference of High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in 1999, Ukraine declared:
Being an active participant of the Ottawa process, which by no means has the intention to compete with the Amended Protocol II, Ukraine follows consequent policy directed to the prohibition and elimination of [anti-personnel landmines], as exemplified in spring 1998 by destruction of 100 thousands of PFM-1 type mines in stocks, signing on 24 February 1999 the Ottawa convention as well as prolongation for subsequent four years of the moratorium on export of all types of [anti-personnel landmines], that originally was introduced by governmental Decree in September 1995.