Ukraine denounces that the Russians left explosives in toys


Lviv (Ukraine) (EFE).- The Ukrainian government denounced this Friday that Russian soldiers, during their withdrawal from the southern city of Kherson, left explosives hidden inside toys, which increases the danger for the civilian population.

Rostyslav Smirnov, an adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, made the statement during the broadcast of the so-called “national telethon”, a charity program broadcast simultaneously by all Ukrainian television channels, according to local agency Ukrinform.

Smirnov explained that after the departure of Russian soldiers from the city, the only major capital that Moscow has come to fully occupy, the main task of the Ukrainian army is to demine the area to make it safe.

“Currently, the focus is on demining. The number of mines there is extremely large (in Kherson). I constantly receive photographic documents (of discovered ammunition) of children’s toys, there was a mine between two soccer balls, etc. “said the government official.

A person boils potatoes at home in Kherson, Ukraine. EFE/EPA/Roman Pilipey

He added that in the liberated territories of the Kherson region and in its capital, rescuers have already removed more than 5,000 explosive objects.

Russian soldiers abandoned part of the Kherson region and its eponymous capital a few weeks ago and retreated to the right bank of the Dnieper, which cuts the city in two.

Kherson, in southern Ukraine, is one of four Ukrainian regions that Russia has unilaterally annexed, along with neighboring Zaporizhia, as well as Lungans and Donetsk in the east of the country.

Despite the declaration of annexation, the Russian army never fully controlled any of these areas and had to withdraw from much of Kherson after the advance of Ukrainian troops.

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A woman collects firewood to start a fire in her home in Kherson, Ukraine. EFE/EPA/Roman Pilipey

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