"Occupants mined even children's toys": National Police explosives expert tells about demining of liberated cities. Video
During the retreat from the de-occupied territories, the Russian occupation forces mined everything - even children's toys - and used explosives to covertly place them under the bodies of dead civilians. These brutal actions of the occupiers became known after the demining operation in the Kyiv region.
This was reported by the National Police of Ukraine. In just one day, police destroyed more than two thousand pieces of ammunition.
Explosives expert Artem Bondarenko says he was struck by the scale of the destruction after the occupation of Kyiv region by Russian troops.
"I was most impressed by the scale of the destruction and the number of explosive devices that littered the entire territory. The enemy has used everything they can and with everything they can. In Bucha and Irpin, I encountered the occupiers' actions with particular cruelty. Not only did the Russians pass by residential buildings and cars, but they also planted explosives under children's toys and the bodies of civilians they killed. While fleeing, Russian soldiers threw washing machines and various household appliances into the field, which were also mined," says Artem Bondarenko.
In just one day of work in Kyiv region, police officers were able to detect and defuse more than two thousand pieces of ammunition.
According to the experts, the most difficult part of the work in Kharkiv region is the remote mining of cemeteries, pastures and agricultural land with cluster munitions, as such munitions are small and almost invisible - the work requires more concentration, time and effort.
"There is always fear, but we work with a cool head and are guided by knowledge. I believe that very soon we will clear every city, village and field of mines, and peaceful life will return to every Ukrainian home. This is what we are working for," Artem is convinced.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, about 200,000 square kilometres of territory in Ukraine are currently mined. It will take decades to clear them of mines. In addition, as a result of the explosion of the Kakhovka dam, five regions have been left without drinking water and are suffering from drought.