youKraine is now one of the most mined areas in the world, its armed forces have warned, amid accusations that Russia is using a new type of explosive against civilians, reports Joe Barnes.
“Ukraine has become one of the largest mined areas in the world,” he said in an early morning update on Friday.
“Due to the great danger, many towns and villages are very difficult to access. The authorities are doing everything possible to clear the remnants of shells, missiles and clear a large number of mines.”
Ukrainian officials have warned that without large-scale demining operations, some areas risk being cut off from essential supplies of food, water and medicine.
The warning comes after Ukrainian bomb technicians discovered a new type of explosive device near the eastern city of Kharkiv.
The so-called POM-3 can sense approaching footsteps and distinguish between humans and animals, unlike ancient landmines which simply go off when disturbed.
When the mine detects a person, it launches an explosive warhead into the air, producing an explosion that can be fatal to targets up to 50 feet away.
After its discovery, experts said Russian soldiers would deploy more explosives across Ukraine as they sought to consolidate their positions.