In a released video, pro-Russian combat engineers can be seen using metal detectors and demining robots to remove mines and explosives from the battered city of Mariupol after they “liberated” the area last week.
The pro-Russian People’s Militia of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said they continued demining operations after capturing Mariupol last week.
The DPR said that after the port city was “liberated” from “Ukrainian militants,” peaceful life was restored in the bombed-out city.
The militia added that combat engineers, or sappers, use the most advanced equipment available to clear the area of explosives, including large uranium-6 demining robots.
The People’s Militia said on May 24: “Mariupol, completely liberated from Ukrainian militants, is beginning to restore peaceful life, but this cannot happen without the city’s complete demining.
“This is what fighters from the DPR People’s Militia are doing with the support of the combined demining unit of the International Demining Center of the Russian Armed Forces.
“To clear explosive objects, pioneers use the most advanced equipment available, including the Uranium-6 robotic demining system.”
Russian combat engineers also demined the bombed Azovstal plant in Mariupol after troops stormed and destroyed large parts of it on April 19.
Meanwhile, according to the British Ministry of Defense, Russian forces are currently trying to encircle the eastern cities of Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk and Rubishne.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian forces were trying to destroy “everything living” in the contested Donbass region and reiterated that his country remains ready to exchange prisoners with Russia.
Last week, Zelenskyy called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an “absolute failure” and said the Russian leadership was afraid to admit “catastrophic mistakes were made at the highest military and state levels.”
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “military special operation”. May 24 marks the 90th day of the campaign.
From February 24 to May 24, the total combat losses of Russian troops amounted to around 29,350 men, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia lost 1,302 tanks, 3,194 armored fighting vehicles, 606 artillery systems, 201 multiple missile systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 205 combat aircraft, 170 helicopters, 2,213 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 ships, 480 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 units with special equipment and 112 cruise missile.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.
https://www.newsweek.com/russia-uses-huge-demining-robots-clear-explosives-seized-city-mariupol-1709701 Russia is using giant demining robots to remove explosives from the confiscated city of Mariupol