The government of Kharkov, Ukraine began to clear landmines in residential areas

The government of Kharkov, Ukraine began to clear landmines in residential areas - Photo 1.

A member of a bomb disposal team conducts a controlled explosion of unexploed mines in Kharkov, Ukraine, April 11 – Photo: REUTERS

Authorities in Kharkov, a city in northeastern Ukraine, warned people not to approach areas with landmines for safety reasons.

Nikolay Ovcharuk, head of the demining unit of the state emergency service of Ukraine, said that this is a PTM-1M plastic mine, which is detonated using a timer and is widely used by the force. Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Follow meng Ovcharuk, this type of mine has appointment set self-destruct time.

Reuters said the airline’s reporters could not independently verify the type of mine in question, but said Mr Ovcharuk’s forces had broadcast loudspeakers warning people not to approach the fenced area where mine clearance teams were working. job.

Scattered mines such as the PTM-1M are banned under the Ottawa treaty on anti-personnel mines due to the risk of civilian casualties.

Earlier, Ukrainian authorities warned that Russian forces had dropped “parachute bombs” on Kharkov. People said these bombs fell at dawn on April 11th.

“At 1 a.m. we heard some strange sounds, like a whistling sound, and then the sound disappeared,” said local resident Sergey.

Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of war crimes, but Russia denies targeting civilians.

Russia conducted a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24.

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