Russian forces left traps under corpses

  • Ukrainian officials say the retreating Russian forces left behind a series of traps.
  • They claimed that the occupation forces had left explosives in the trunks of cars, washing machines and under corpses.
  • Ukrainian experts said they found more than 54,000 explosives left over from Russia.

Ukrainian officials said retreating Russian troops left behind explosives hidden in car trunks, washing machines and under corpses in ravaged Ukrainian towns.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said Russia’s attacks on civilians went beyond artillery attacks, with officials saying they had discovered booby traps scattered in cities such as kyiv and Mariopol.

“The Russian Federation is at war not only with the armed forces of Ukraine, but is also fighting against the civilian population of Ukraine, in flagrant violation of the laws of war,” the statement said. “As they withdraw, the Russian military are setting massive booby traps, prohibited by international law, even on food facilities, private accommodation and human corpses.”

According to The New York Times, outside kyiv, a man named Oleg Naumenko was killed after opening the trunk of an abandoned car. Local authorities told The Times the car exploded after being booby-trapped.

“I died with him then,” Naumenko’s wife, Valeria, told The Times.

Landmines, designed to kill people, were banned in a 1997 treaty signed by most countries in the world except Russia and the United States.

Anti-vehicle mines, which are not banned, but on which the UN has called for regulations, have been used by both sides, with the Ukrainians using anti-tank mines.

According to the Times, Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said in an interview on Sunday that other booby-traps, often in the form of landmines or jury-rigged bombs, were in doors or machinery. washing and even under hospital beds and corpses.

In a video address on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also blamed Russia for leaving behind a series of devastating traps, saying his country was “one of the most mine-contaminated in the world”.

Zelenskyy called the acts war crimes and claimed Russian soldiers were ordered to do so “to kill or maim as many people as possible”.

The non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch also claimed that Russian troops in Kharkiv had used landmines, forcing Ukraine’s emergency services agency to send hundreds of deminers to find explosive devices in recently liberated towns in across the country.

On Tuesday, the organization said that since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, it has found more than 54,000 explosive devices.

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