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‘There is still a lot of work to be done’ – Ukrainian servicemen begin removing landmines in Kherson

Ukrainian servicemen have begun demining areas of the Kherson oblast after the AFU retook parts of the region following a tactical withdrawal by Russian forces.

Servicemen recovering unexploded mines near a highway leading to the city of Kherson from Mykolaiv. Red signs with skulls line the roadside indicating the presence of minefields. Rubble and debris from previous battles litter the landscape.

“Demining is currently underway in the territory and along the route leading to the city of Kherson, which was liberated by the armed forces. There is still a lot of work to be done because the enemy has left a lot of surprises,” explained a Ukrainian official.

Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky urged locals ‘to be careful and not try to independently check any buildings and objects left by the occupiers’ on Saturday.

In recent weeks Ukraine’s army claimed to have retaken dozens of towns and villages north of the city of Kherson.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov stated on Friday that the Russian Armed Forces relocated a total of over 30,000 Russian servicemen, about 5,000 units of armament and hardware, as well as material means have been withdrawn to the east bank of the Dnieper River.

“Despite the enemy’s attempts to frustrate the redeployment of Russian forces, any casualties in personnel, armament, hardware, and material means have been prevented,” the spokesperson said.

On September 30, President Vladimir Putin agreed to sign documents allowing the accession of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as the regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye, to the Russian Federation.

According to Moscow, the move followed referenda in which people living in those areas exercised their right to self-determination and requested to join Russia.

Ukraine and its international allies condemned the move, calling it an annexation of Kiev’s sovereign territory.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

Kiev denounced the Russian action, and Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilization.

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