Russian invaders left behind a deadly legacy in the recently liberated Donetsk Oblast town of Lyman in the form of mines, including anti-personnel mines, spokesman of Ukraine’s army’s Eastern Group Serhiy Cherevaty said on Ukrainian national television on Oct. 3.
Cherevaty said the city is already free of invading troops, and measures to clear the area and make it safe for residents to return are now ongoing.
"First of all, there is a very dangerous mine situation there,” Cherevaty said. “The occupiers have left an extremely large number of anti-personnel mines... and they have left ‘petal’ (anti-personnel) mines that cannot be seen among the fallen autumn leaves," he said.
Many foreign journalists want to get to Lyman, but it is still very dangerous there, Cherevaty added.
On the afternoon of Oct. 1, the Ukrainian army reported the liberation of five settlements near Lyman, which resulted in a group of several thousand Russian troops becoming surrounded.
By the evening, Russia’s Defense Ministry said its troops in Lyman had been redeployed, calling it “a withdrawal to more favorable defensive lines.”
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry in turn responded to this in a mocking tweet, saying that“almost all Russian troops deployed to Lyman were successfully redeployed either into body bags or into Ukrainian captivity.”
On the afternoon of Oct. 2, President Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine’s Armed Forces had completely freed Lyman of Russian invasion troops.