Ukrainians keep coming to mined beaches of Odesa

29 May, 04:55 PM
KP Coast of Odessa installed these warning boards on the beaches of Odesa (Photo:Odesa city council)

KP Coast of Odessa installed these warning boards on the beaches of Odesa (Photo:Odesa city council)

Despite repeated warnings, locals in Odesa Oblast continue to go to beaches in the coastal region, putting themselves in danger, head of the regional administration Serhiy Bratchuk told Ukrainian broadcasters on May 29.

Bratchuk once again reminded people in and around Odesa that the entire coast in the region is covered with mines, both land and sea mines. Rough seas occasionally snap the anchors of Russian sea mines, and they are washed ashore, he said.

Despite these hazards, people are still flocking to the oblast’s beaches.

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Bratchuk in particular criticized parents who bring children to the deadly dangerous seaside. He said the authorities are working on a set of legislative measures to discourage such behavior.

“The thing is, the municipal and regional authorities are doing everything they can to save people,” said Bratchuk.

“I would hate to see the limbs of people who are eager to get a tan on mined beaches scattered across the Black Sea, if you’ll pardon my vivid imagery.”

The beaches in Odesa Oblast remain dangerous, restricted territory. In late March, two local residents ignored every warning sign and drove across the mined coast, with tragic results.

Anti-tank and anti-personnel landmines, along with with beached sea mines, are an extreme danger to anyone who wanders too close to the shore.

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