Zelenskyy warns Ukrainians about high threat from mines left by Russian invaders

9 October 2022, 11:43 AM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)

Ukrainians should be aware of the high level of threat from mines laid by Russian invasion forces on Ukrainian territory and not cross into areas closed off by the emergency services, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening address on Oct. 8.

“I sincerely ask all Ukrainians in the territory where the invaders were present, to be especially vigilant regarding the mine threat,” the president said.

“Our explosives technicians, our sappers, are working as hard as they can, but the area which the invaders left contaminated with mines is very large.”

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Please don’t ignore mine warnings, don’t visit areas closed off due to the danger (of mines), and please report any mines or unexploded ordnance to the police, the State Emergency Service or the local authorities.”

In early August, Anatoly Shkarbuta, the deputy head of the fire safety department of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, said that it could take between seven and 10 years to completely clear the territories of Ukraine of mines and explosives.

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