Ukrainian authorities in Kharkiv begin clearing landmines

KHARKIV, Ukraine (REUTERS) – Ukrainian authorities in the northeastern metropolis of Kharkiv warned individuals to not go close to what they stated have been landmines being dropped on the town.

On Monday (April 11), safety forces cordoned off an space in the east of Kharkiv as they cleared quite a few small gadgets scattered throughout residential streets.

Lieutenant Colonel Nikolay Ovcharuk, head of the demining unit of the state emergency service, stated the gadgets have been plastic PTM-1M mines, which detonate utilizing timers and which have been broadly utilized by Soviet forces in Afghanistan.

“They have self-destructing timers,” he stated as loudspeakers warned individuals to not strategy the cordoned-off space the place mine disposal groups have been working.

Reuters couldn’t independently verify the kind of gadget.

Scatterable landmines equivalent to PTM-1M mines are prohibited beneath the Ottawa treaty on anti-personnel mines due to the danger of civilian casualties.

Earlier, authorities issued a warning that Russian forces had been dropping “parachute bombs” on Kharkiv, a serious metropolis near the northeastern border with Russia that has been beneath bombardment for weeks.

Residents stated the gadgets had been dropped in the early hours of Monday morning. “Tonight at 1am we heard some strange sounds, something whistled and then it all dropped,” a neighborhood man who gave his title as Sergey stated.

Ukrainian officers have repeatedly accused Russia of warfare crimes however Moscow, which launched its invasion of Ukraine on Feb 24, has denied concentrating on civilians. Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

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