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Russia is trying to remotely mine grain corridor area in Black Sea - OC South

25 October, 2023 Wednesday
19:30

On October 24, unidentified explosive devices were dumped into the Black Sea along the humanitarian corridor

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Operational Command South's press center head Natalia Humeniuk said this on Espreso TV. 

"Over the past day, more than 35 air defense munitions were recorded in the air of the Kherson and Odesa regions. These are guided aerial bombs, air-launched missiles and unknown explosive devices that the enemy is planting in the Black Sea along the humanitarian corridor. The enemy's terror continues everywhere, in the air, on land and at sea," said Humeniuk.

According to her, guided bombs are sent at a distance of 50-60 kilometers. That is, the planes themselves do not approach, they release guided bombs.

"If we remember that Zmiinyi Island is in the Odesa region, we can say that this is also happening in the Odesa region. The territorial sea around the island is also the Odesa region. In addition, the enemy is trying to drop unknown, but obviously explosive devices or objects that may be bottom mines, which, if they fall into the water, pose an additional danger," emphasized Humeniuk.

Since the sea is already mined, guided aerial bombs could cause explosions and additional detonation of those mines that were caught in the blast wave, as they are incredibly sensitive. The location of these mines is changing as they have been torn from their mounts and are drifting freely in the water. However, the Defense Forces ensure the safety of the humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea and that is why shippers continue to trust Ukraine as a responsible maritime state.

The first-rate captain spoke about the operational situation on the front line. She noted that a tense operation is currently underway in the south due to enemy activity in the air and effective counter-battery fighting by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the left bank.

"The Ukrainian Armed Forces are destroying the enemy's potential. Over the past day, over 80 invaders were destroyed, as well as more than 20 artillery pieces, three multiple launch rocket systems, a tank, a boat and 10 units of armored vehicles. An Orlan unmanned aerial vehicle was destroyed. This suggests that the enemy is not only striking, but also collecting information for further development of combat events," summarized Humeniuk.

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