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Ukrainian president says retreating Russian troops are leaving mines

World Apr 02, 2022 07:25PM ET
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(Reuters) -Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has accused Russian soldiers of deliberately mining areas in northern Ukraine as they withdraw or are pushed out by Ukrainian forces.

Ukraine says its troops have retaken control of more than 30 towns and villages in the Kyiv region since Russia announced this week it would scale down its operations around the capital and in the neighbouring northern region of Chernihiv to focus on battles in the east.

"In the north of our country, the invaders are leaving. It is slow but noticeable. In some places they are being kicked out with fighting. Elsewhere they're abandoning the positions themselves," Zelenskiy said in a video address released on Saturday, without citing evidence.

"They are mining all this territory. Houses are mined, equipment is mined, even the bodies of dead people."

Chernihiv Governor Viacheslav Chaus on Saturday also accused Russian troops of planting mines as they drew back from positions around the regional capital.

"There are a lot of mines. They (the villages) are strewn with them," he said on national television.

Russia's defence ministry did not reply to a request for comment on the allegations.

Reuters could not independently verify the allegations.

On Saturday, the emergencies service told people in the Kyiv region's newly liberated zones to be vigilant, saying over 1,500 explosives had been found in one day during a search of the village of Dmytrivka, west of the capital.

Zelenskiy said efforts were ongoing to clear mines and secure the areas, but advised residents who had fled to stay away for now.

"It is still impossible to return to normal life as it was," he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the action he launched on Feb. 24 a "special military operation aimed at demilitarising and denazifying" Ukraine.

Ukraine and its allies call this a baseless pretext for a war of aggression. Since the invasion, more than 10 million people have been displaced from their homes.

Ukrainian president says retreating Russian troops are leaving mines
 

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Meru Pet
Meru Pet Apr 03, 2022 8:08AM ET
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If it was a subject about feminism, people would have argued that words are very important and the word "mining" is bitcoin related and that it could suggest that Russian are bringing some wealth...
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gab nea Apr 03, 2022 7:31AM ET
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there is only one course of action to be taken, arm the Ukrainians and take back Crimea.
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gab nea Apr 03, 2022 7:26AM ET
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putin is losing and retreating. he can't win, so he lays waste to the land and it's people. what a coward and weak person.pity him.
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Rubberduck1973 Apr 03, 2022 5:55AM ET
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Thanks to Putin, the world knows much more about who we were really  dealing with. Nothing more than a bunch of thugs and thieves that misuse the Russian state to rob countries blind of their resources. Just look at the number of IPhones and laptops the Russian army robbed from Ukrainian shops when in Ukraine. The same culture from top to bottom. Break in by force, ***a bunch of people, steel their stof,  occupy their land, exploit their resources and live as gods in luxurious yachts. Now we all know who we are dealing with, I hope we know how to handle the thugs going forward.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Apr 02, 2022 11:50PM ET
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I don't believe Russia could lose this war. That would be like the US military, being unable to overtake Mexico. They could have bombed those cities & solders into nothing, but they didn't. The objective, as they said all along, was not to take Ukraine. it was indeed a special military operation.
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Maximus Maximus Apr 02, 2022 11:50PM ET
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putinbot
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Tom Sc Apr 02, 2022 11:50PM ET
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you think Russia knew they were going to lose 10,15,20k troops and several generals? this went as planned? you're not very bright
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gab nea Apr 02, 2022 11:50PM ET
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putinbot= useful ****
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moron..
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Russian cowards
 
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