Zelenskyy Says Retreating Russian Forces Left “Mines” Round Cities



  • Zelenskyy accused Russian forces of abandoning landmines in Northern Ukraine.
  • He is advising Ukrainians to attend till explosives are cleared earlier than returning to reclaimed land.
  • The announcement comes as seven humanitarian corridors are anticipated to be opened on Saturday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated Russian forces have been laying minefields in areas the place they both have been expelled from or left on their very own within the northern a part of Ukraine.

“After them, a whole catastrophe and lots of risks are left,” Zelenskyy stated in an tackle posted to his Instagram. “Firstly, the bombing might proceed. Secondly, they’re mining all this territory. Mining homes, tools, even the our bodies of killed individuals. Too many tripwire mines, too many different risks.”

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Zelenskyy suggested individuals to attend till explosives are cleared in reclaimed territories earlier than returning. 

His feedback come as seven humanitarian corridors are anticipated to be opened on Saturday. 

The Worldwide Committee of the Purple Cross introduced it will attempt to attain Mariupol on Saturday after not having the ability to on Friday. 

In a assertion, the ICRC stated a crew of three automobiles and 9 personnel have been unable to succeed in Mariupol to facilitate the secure passage of civilians and needed to “return to Zaporizhzhia after preparations and situations made it unattainable to proceed.”

NBC Information reported that Ukraine’s prosecutor basic Iryna Venediktova introduced that one other six humanitarian corridors are anticipated to be opened on Saturday as nicely. 

The Ukrainian authorities has beforehand accused Russian forces of shelling and laying landmines alongside humanitarian corridors and disrupting the protection of these attempting to flee or assist staff delivering vital provides. 

Oleksandra Matviychuk, chair of the Middle for Civil Liberties, a Ukrainian humanitarian NGO beforehand informed Insider that her group has been primarily centered on monitoring which corridors are open and really secure. 

“Some days the evacuations are shelled by Russians,” Matviychuk stated. “Some days the corridors aren’t open.”

As of Friday, the Workplace of the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights reported that 1,325 individuals have been killed in Ukraine and one other 2,017 have been injured since Russia invaded the nation on February 24.