Russia in final bid to destroy Ukraine morale as troops leave traps

Ukraine: Troops in Kherson point out mines left by Russians

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Ukrainian troops surveying the liberated Kherson region have discovered bombs planted by the Russian armed forces. Moscow’s troops were forced to retreat from the southern region earlier this month, marking the loss of a territory the Russian army had occupied since the early weeks of the invasion. Kremlin leaders asserted the decision was made in light of logistical issues which had compromised the delivery of military supplies to soldiers within the area.

Ukrainian authorities have previously aired concerns that Russian forces would turn Kherson into a “city of death” by setting traps for the incoming liberators during their withdrawal operation.

Footage captured by Ukrainian servicemen in Kherson has uncovered a series of mines reportedly installed in residential buildings by Russian forces.

In the video, a Ukrainian soldier, as identified by the insignia on his uniform, highlighted several tripwires running up a set of concrete stairs.

The wires, so thin they could have easily been missed at a quick glance, appeared to extend up an adjoining flight of stairs towards the next floor.

Following formal confirmation of Russia’s plan to withdraw military forces from Kherson, Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to President Zelensky, issued a stern warning over Moscow’s retreat strategy.

He wrote on Twitter: “The Russian Federation wants to turn Kherson into a city of death. [The] Russian military mines everything they can – apartments, sewers.”

He suggested Moscow’s army would leave the city in “ruins,” using artillery and concealed mines to destroy what remains of the infrastructure following the region’s extended period under Russian control.

The Kremlin’s Ministry of Defence claimed the withdrawal from Kherson was completed just two days after the initial order was made, prompting international powers to suggest the Russian army had been preparing the retreat for some weeks.

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Head of the Ukrainian Deminers Association NGO Tymur Pistriuha, reported the lengthy planning ahead of the withdrawal allowed the Kremlin army more time to plant explosives across the city.

Pistriuha told The Guardian: “We can’t make forecasts yet, as the clearing procedure has only started, but potentially the region of Kherson could be the most mined region in the country.”

He added: “Unfortunately, Ukraine could soon rank first in the world for the number of casualties caused by mines.”

Following the Russian retreat, President Zelensky confirmed: “The occupiers left a lot of mines and explosives, in particular on vital objects. We will carry out demining.”

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Ukrainian authorities have encouraged civilians to report any “suspicious objects” within Kherson that could have been left behind by Russian soldiers.

Residents have been ordered to remain “vigilant” and avoid entering any buildings that have not been cleared by bomb disposal teams already operating across the region.

President Zelensky declared thousands of “explosive items,” including mines and abandoned ammunition, had already been removed by Ukrainian military forces as they entered Kherson.

However, he added that at least one bomb disposal operative had been injured while attempting to clear an administrative building and affirmed there was still a long way to go before life in Kherson could return to normal.

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