The Ukrainian military neutralized a mine corridor in the Kharkiv region

The Ukrainian military neutralized a mine corridor in the Kharkiv region

Kharkiv region Mine clearance National Guard of Ukraine Ukraine War with Russia

Soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine, along with SSU counterintelligence units, discovered and neutralized a mine corridor during stabilization activities in the Kharkiv region.

The press service of the National Guard of Ukraine reports about this.

While working in the settlements of Shopyne, Tokarivka, and Hoptivka, the military interviewed the local population, conducted reconnaissance, and discovered MON-90, MON-50, and OZM-72 mines, as well as landmines.

The military noted that they found explosive devices within the settlements; therefore, the local population could have been affected by the explosion. The demining of this mine corridor was carried out on the spot.

МОН-100, МОН-50, ОЗМ-72, Харківщина, листопад 2022 Фото: НГУ

“The mines were placed as a chain. The invaders made this corridor for our forces to go through. If they would have entered the settlement, the personnel and equipment would blow up. We also discovered a landmine and demined it for further use in our interests,” national guard soldier Vadym shared.

The discovered explosive devices also included homemade ones.

“In addition to MON-90 and MON-50, we found five OZM-72s – these are the jumping mines, so-called “frog mines”. They throw the warhead up to a meter high and are triggered in the air. Also, while going through the mine corridor, we discovered a high-explosive shell filled with two kilograms of TNT and an improvised explosive device with nails and cartridges,” the National Guardsman with the call sign” Adistron” explained.

МОН-50, Харківщина, листопад 2022 Фото: НГУ

The National Guard of Ukraine notes that its soldiers took the defused mines for themselves. They will later be used to mine the border areas in front of their positions. This should damage a possible breakthrough or enemy attack.

Mine clearance

According to the State Emergency Service, as of November 7, 271,447 dangerous objects were neutralized on the territory of Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.

In addition, Volodymyr Zelensky reported that at the peak of mine contamination in Ukraine, 300,000 square kilometers of dangerous territory were recorded. By November 10, this area was reduced to 170 thousand square kilometers.

Territories are being demined by the Ukrainian sappers. Due to the big scope of work and associated challenges, foreign partners are assisting with the training of new specialists and providing demining equipment. Ukraine is already using the Armtac 400 mine-clearing vehicle. It is equipped with a remote control active at a distance of up to 800 meters, which guarantees the safety of the operator.

Armtac 400 can clean over 2400 sq. m. of territory per hour, neutralizing explosive residues at a depth of 55 cm.

Машина розмінування “Armtac 400” українських сил. Жовтень 2022. Україна. Фото: Укрінформ

The vehicle’s design protects it from anti-tank mines weighing up to 10 kg.

Ukraine already receives demining assistance from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Austria, Poland, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia, and UN institutions.

The defense ministers of Cyprus and Latvia also announced that their instructors within the European training mission will mainly focus on demining.

Ukraine is also negotiating with New Zealand regarding demining aid. It is currently unknown whether this purely regards training, or also covers assistance with technical means.

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