Ukrainian officials recently confirmed that two Russian maritime mines had washed up on the south coast during recent stormy weather.
In a Facebook post, Operational Command South, the formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces in southern Ukraine, reported that Russian mines had been found in the sea in the Odessa region, near a beach. It said that although they did not pose a direct threat, the mines still reminded of the dangers of swimming and other uses of Ukrainian coastal waters.
“The situation is under the control of the relevant units of the Ukrainian Navy. It will be destroyed by mine experts, ”the caption reads as it is translated into English.
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Further, Ukrainian officials said the threat of missile strikes and landings were relevant. They added that the defense forces had retaliated after Russian troops fraudulently planted landmines in Ukraine’s coastal waters.
In a separate post, Operational Command South confirmed that in the Odessa region, two naval “enemy” mines had been removed and defused by naval bomb squad experts.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24, which Moscow still calls a “special military operation.” Since then, the total war casualties of Russian troops have been about 27,700 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
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Russia, meanwhile, said Monday that its forces had shot down three Ukrainian warplanes in the Black Sea and other in the Mykolaiv and Kharkiv regions. According to Reuters, Russian and Russian-backed forces still control a region of Ukraine that is the size of Greece along the Azov Sea and the Black Sea, and borders Russia to the east of Ukraine. But in the past two weeks, Russian forces have been driven out of the area around the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.